BadCritters: Tiger Moth Caterpillar

The caterpillar of this BadCritter will munch your salad greens just as happily as your non-edibles. Their hairy bodies have given them the nickname ‘woolly bears’.

I picked the caterpillar below of my snow pea plants and after its photo shoot it got dispatched 🙂 .

Bit of a shame as they are amazing to watch and the moth is attractive too.

Species: Ardices glatignyi

Identification:

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Eggs are laid on the underside of leaves Source: Toby Hudson (Wikimedia Commons)

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Source: Toby Hudson (Wikimedia Commons)

Damage:

The caterpillars are voracious munchers of many trees, shrubs and vegetables found in the home garden.

Control:

Visual inspection of the top and bottom of leaves and removing any caterpillars is generally sufficient. You can buy traps and insecticides but I have never needed to use them.

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