critter on my moonflower plant

dinajean(upstate SC -Zone 7b)October 10, 2010

Found this guy the other day...now there are several more on the plant. What is it????? And if he is a bad guy, what do I do to get rid of them? Actually it is probably time for the moonflower to be cut down for the season anyway.

Thanks in advance for any help on this.

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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

That critter (caterpillar) has been parasitized by a non-stinging wasp. Each of the white things on the surface contain a not-yet adult wasp who will parasitize other caterpillars.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2010 at 1:06PM
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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

I'd say it's already past the point of eating much now. I'd just leave it alone and let the wasp larvae do their work.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2010 at 3:42PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

That's the Tobacco Hornworm, often found on Moonflower (when it's not feeding on our tomatoes!). It's already dead, or nearly so. It is always suggested that we leave parasitized caterpillars alone, so that the parasites can live on to do their work on other caterpillars.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2010 at 10:38PM
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dinajean(upstate SC -Zone 7b)

thanks y'all for the help. I cut down my moonflower today and tossed it in the ditch, catepillars in tact. I am hoping it will take root and brighten up the ditch.
Thank you again for all the help!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2010 at 6:48PM
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