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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Nice or nasty??

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Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 14, 2002
2:44 PM

Post #35911

Okay, I am going to say he is nasty because he and two of his friends turned my Brug leaves to swiss cheese and left behind a bunch of poo! They are about two inches long, their bodies look greenish and all the hairs are white and their heads are kind of golden colored. I would like to know what they are so I can either relocate them to the butterfly garden or show them some nice rocks. LOL

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Toadsuck, TX
(Zone 7a)

July 14, 2002
6:48 PM

Post #302554

I'm not too sure that brugs are host plants for butterflies, but he really does look like him to the butterfly garden!!!

Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 14, 2002
6:53 PM

Post #302558

I don't see this one in my butterfly book. It maybe some sort of moth.
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 14, 2002
8:11 PM

Post #302623

Thanks you two. I don't want to kill something worthwhile, but don't like the nasty bugger eating all the holes and leaving all the poo poo like "thanks for the meal"! LOL

July 17, 2002
2:07 PM

Post #305047

Agreement with poppysue -

A very general rule of thumb is that moth larvae are hairy and butterfly larvae aren't. (Caveat: more exceptions to this 'rule' than in English grammer - the hawkmoths come to mind.)

If it is a moth larva, be careful handling it. Several N. American species have spines among the hairs that can cause severe reactions in people with sensitive skin.

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