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Solomons seal sawfly

Postby Toptaff » Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:25 pm

Is there any way of eradicating Solomons Seal sawfly when they're overwintering?
Some of mine got decimated by the grey wrigglers. I picked off as many of the caterpillars as I could but they still stripped some of my clumps bare.
I don't like to use sprays when the caterpillars are there cos they're so indidcrminate.
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Re: Solomons seal sawfly

Postby Westi » Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:46 pm

I know nothing about this but the clever guys on here will be along shortly - bear with them, busy days watering & melting & resting!
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Re: Solomons seal sawfly

Postby tigerburnie » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:19 pm

Happens to mine every year, though it was later this year, fortunately usually long after the flowering has finished, so I have sort of accepted it as a part of nature. Tried squashing them, but it had little effect and like you I don't like to use chemicals.
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Re: Solomons seal sawfly

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:41 am

They were much later here too so we got a really good show while they were flowering. I was going to squash the grubs but decided to leave them for the birds. If they pupate in the soil cultivating round the plants should expose them and reduce the numbers next year.I'm not sure how palatable they are to birds.
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Re: Solomons seal sawfly

Postby Toptaff » Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:01 pm

I tried scooping the off but there were so many!!!
I gathered quite a few(which was very fiddly) and proffered them to my chickens,who were singularly unimpmressed,which was disappointing!
Maybe next year I'll try washing them off with soapy water and then squishing them.
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Re: Solomons seal sawfly

Postby arthur e » Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:32 pm

I had them for the first time this year,left them alone in case they were something exotic but will zap them next year.
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Re: Solomons seal sawfly

Postby oldherbaceous » Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:58 pm

Good to see you back on the forum, Arthur e......
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Re: Solomons seal sawfly

Postby lez » Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:40 am

Hi Ya, I have never heard of this pest. I did a search on line and see it goes for plants of the asparagus family. Is this true? What other plants does it go for? Never seen one or heard of them on our site and quite a few have asparagus.Goodluck
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