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Badseed
Lynchburg, 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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eyesoftexas
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 one...show him to the butterfly garden!!!

"eyes"
poppysue
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.
Badseed
Lynchburg, 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
Lophophora
Tokyo
Japan

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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