Saturday, September 10, 2011

Grape Lovin’ Caterpillars

Look down.DSC_2226_6998The water dish was seasoned with insect droppings this morning.

Look up.DSC_2228_7000Grape leaves have been skeletonized.  Note the grey sky?  That’s right – it’s been raining!  Come on October.

Look up further.DSC_2229_7001Ah ha!  Evidence of more damage along with bits of the culprit(s).

Look up still further.DSC_2231_7003There they are – anchor babies on the grapevines.  Now what?  Do I squash them?  Do I leave them for the birds?  Do I spray the vines with some organic treatment?  Are they doing enough damage to warrant any action?  What kind of caterpillars are these anchor babies?

3 comments:

Sue said...

I would be doing the squishing thing. Even if they aren't damaging the plant too bad, think of NEXT year's crop. They'll be a LOT more.....

Aunt Snow said...

Squish and spray with insecticidal soap.

MAYBELLINE said...

The little darlings were stomped by my garden Crocs this evening.