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green worm/caterpillar on roses

Posted by marie_ne_pa Z5 PA (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 2, 07 at 17:34

This green caterpillar/worm is eating my rose bushes. It has been a problem for several years and I still haven't figured out what it is. It is worse this year. If anyone knows what it is please tell me. If it is a butterfly or moth larva I will tolerate it but otherwise I will try praying. I just do not want to hurt my butterflies and moths.

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RE: green worm/caterpillar on roses

Praying or spraying? LOL. I'm clueless, I expected from the title of your thread it was rose slugs, but it obviously isn't.

RE: green worm/caterpillar on roses

OOOPPS! I meant spraying. I'm praying too but thats another story. I enjoy my butterflies and moths too much and since the roses bloom anyway I figure they seem to be surviving. But they look horrid with all the leaves chewed up.

RE: green worm/caterpillar on roses

I don't grow roses, but it looks almost identical to the ones shown on this page.

RE: green worm/caterpillar on roses

You mean it was rose slugs? LOLOL.

RE: green worm/caterpillar on roses

Rose slugs, the larva of a sawfly. Control is with hand squishing, Insecticidal Soaps, Neem oil in that order. I had them on my roses until I got the soil into a good, healthy state so the roses that grew there were strong and healthy and I've not seen them on the roses for several years. I have had them in the past on the Hibiscus, but not this year.

RE: green worm/caterpillar on roses're eyes were right the first time! It's not a rose slug sawfly, but a different kind of sawfly. The curled rose sawfly is common in some locations, and that's what Marie has.

Here is a link that might be useful: Curled rose sawfly

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