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critter on my moonflower plant

Posted by dinajean upstate SC -Zone 7b (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 10, 10 at 9:10

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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RE: critter on my moonflower plant

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Sun, Oct 10, 10 at 13:06

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.


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RE: critter on my moonflower plant

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.


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RE: critter on my moonflower plant

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.


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RE: critter on my moonflower plant

  • Posted by dinajean upstate SC -Zone 7b (My Page) on
    Tue, Oct 12, 10 at 18:48

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!


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