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Azalea Caterpillar

Datana Major

Description:

Oooh these horrid little beasts have devoured my pieris japonica! There are two massive writhing orbs of these nasty creatures at either end of the plant. If they see me approach, they rear up their front end with their legs curled at me. I assume this means don't touch them...

5 Comments

That is disgustingly awesome. They haven't reappeared. I suspect the hurricane blew them in last year.

florida33girl
florida33girl 10 years ago

Just as an FYI - the "green juice" is actually the caterpillar regurgitating the plant material it's been eating in an effort to scare you off. Lots of caterpillars will "throw up" on you when they're disturbed. :)

MelindaRhotenFleming
MelindaRhotenFleming 10 years ago

It is funny because I only have one pieris in my yard but lots of azaleas. I checked my azaleas and don't see a single caterpillar on them.

They do not bite, but they do spit green juice when you disturb them. Thank you for the help!

florida33girl
florida33girl 10 years ago

You can touch them if you need to. The best biological control for your bushes is to pull them off and drop them in a bucket of soapy water. Good luck to you and your plants!

KeithRoragen
KeithRoragen 10 years ago

Sorry about your Pieris, but a beautiful spotting nonetheless.

Virginia, USA

Spotted on Aug 31, 2011
Submitted on Aug 31, 2011

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