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    08 / 27 / 2015

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We found this black caterpillar inside a leaf of our Walking Egyptian Onions. Both sides of the body of this caterpillar has a single, horizontally oriented white stripe which extends across the thoracic and abdominal segments. We had original planted 8 bulbs, but only 2 have survived. The leaves appeared to have been cut across midway. It does not look like an armyworm to me. Any help in identifying this pest would be appreciated. The damage appears confined to the leaves.


  • laura735 Unregistered says:

    You’re welcome Janet! For some reason, I didn’t see your 3rd post when I posted my 2nd one. Anyway, good job on finding the ugly brigades of this nasty little guy. Otherwise a brand new generation is ready for future destruction and mayhem. Best wishes!

    September 4th, 2015 at 2:51pm

  • laura735 Unregistered says:

    I found these links below from the experts to help with your questions. Step 5 mentioned how these guys are being dispersed. In my own experiences, in my garden, I do find one or few of these, but not a huge infestation. But I only have a small garden and it easier to keep watch on any pests. The second link showing the Yellow striped armyworm has the white stripes like yours. Best wish.

    September 3rd, 2015 at 6:37pm

  • Janet Hanser Apprentice says:

    Today at our Master Gardener Site, I finally found the armyworms crawling all over one of our blueberry shrubs! They are definitely mature armyworm larvae. That black one was an earlier stage of the larvae. I removed all of the infected branches and larvae. I will spray all of the blueberry shrubs with BT tomorrow. None of the other blueberries show any signs of infestation…so far. Thanks again for your help.

    September 3rd, 2015 at 4:45pm

  • Janet Hanser Apprentice says:

    One of our MG’s thought it was armyworm, but we have no other caterpillars in our garden that look like this damaging our crops. The stripe is clearly white on this one and entire body black. Isn’t it unusual just to have one armyworm present and not a colony of them? Thanks for your help. Janet

    September 2nd, 2015 at 1:24pm

  • laura735 Unregistered says:

    I’m not certain, but with the black spot on its side. This looks like Yellow Striped Armyworm (Spodoptera ornithogalli). Check it out and see if you have a match.

    September 2nd, 2015 at 12:02pm

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