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#40444 - 05/09/2007 02:05 PM White Fuzzy Caterpillars
Krista Offline
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I'm in southwest Louisiana and have found lots of little fuzzy white caterpillars lately. Noticed yesterday they are eating my foliage, mostly in shady beds. Anyone know what to do?

Krista

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#40864 - 05/09/2007 08:37 PM Re: White Fuzzy Caterpillars [Re: Krista]
Joclyn Offline
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could you post a pic of it? what type of plant/bush/tree are they on?
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#41029 - 05/10/2007 05:50 AM Re: White Fuzzy Caterpillars [Re: Joclyn]
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You can research some of them in this webpage from the Alabama Extension Service: http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-1121/. It has lots of pictures to help identify some species. However, if you are squemish about caterpillars, I recommend you skip it. Luis

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#108554 - 08/13/2007 02:36 AM Re: White Fuzzy Caterpillars [Re: luis_pr]
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Hi Krista! Girl I don't know what they are either, but us in the Dallas Area have been invaded by them!! IT's been on tv and the newpaper. They chew the heck out of foliage!!!! I used Lemon joy and hot sauce ( Louisianna Red as a matter of fact )2 TBLE spoons each
in a 1liter spray bottle fill with water and shake! and get to spraying on top and underleaves and they went away for a long time . But after the last rain we had everyone at work came in last Monday sceaming THEY"REEEEE BAAAAAAAAAACK! So this weekend I did the same thing~ spray early in the morning before the sun hits the plants. I got tired of making the oneliter size and made a gallon and took the sprayer out of the bottle and put in the gallon jug.. I went thru 4 gallons spraying eveything including my porch and patio.. they cling to everything!! A guy at work said they are dropping from the trees cuz we had soooo much rain this spring and early summer!!

Nope I didn't see them in Luis's Link.. I'm surprised Luis didn't mention they were seen in Hurst as that's not far from me! Lucky Luis!!!!
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#108694 - 08/13/2007 02:10 PM Re: White Fuzzy Caterpillars [Re: angelblossom]
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There is a type of white fuzzy caterpillar that shows up about this time of year. As it matures it becomes progressively darker and darker until it is a very dark brown. I can't recall the name of it though... I'll look into though.

Laugher, Charadra deridens Is this it?


Edited by LandOfOz (08/13/2007 02:14 PM)
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#109191 - 08/13/2007 11:35 PM Re: White Fuzzy Caterpillars [Re: LandOfOz]
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Yep Sarah That is IT!! They are NO joke They can eat thru a whole plant in no time!
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#109221 - 08/14/2007 12:00 AM Re: White Fuzzy Caterpillars [Re: angelblossom]
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Wooohooo! So glad that I could help. Ugly little moths, too, aren't they?
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#109247 - 08/14/2007 12:19 AM Re: White Fuzzy Caterpillars [Re: LandOfOz]
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Yes they are!!!!!!! We were talking at work today how many of us used the lemonjoy and hotsauce on them this last weekend!! We all were blasting them
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