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small green things eating my strawberry leaves!

Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:14 pm
by OscarSidcup
Hello all

Well, I thought that December would be a quiet month for pests, with them being killed off by the frost we had earlier, but over the last few days I've still seen some slugs, a couple of big caterpillars near my carrots and now this - no idea what they are so any help welcome...
They are eating in a very orderly manner all the strawberry leaves. Not happy about this. Especially since my garlic is growing nicely in the same raised bed...
Help!

Thanks & Have a nice Christmas!

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Re: small green things eating my strawberry leaves!

Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 4:04 pm
by Primrose
Can't help I'm afraid. The caterpillars are still active here too. Despite thoroughly soaking and washing some kale the other evening a boiled caterpillar ended up on my husband's dinner plate. He wasn't amused. :o I'd assumed the recent frosts and rain would have killed most of the bugs off..

Re: small green things eating my strawberry leaves!

Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 4:52 pm
by KG Steve
Might be tortrix moth caterpillars Oscar. They usually loop as they walk and may weave the leave together with silk. Unlikely to damage your garlic and can be squashed or picked off and fed to the birds. If the problem gets out of hand you can spray too of course.

Re: small green things eating my strawberry leaves!

Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:53 am
by OscarSidcup
Thanks Steve. I will now go through the plants with a fine tooth comb to pick them off. I am reassured about the garlic too. If everything else fail, then I will buy a loom and weave silk...