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  • Date Photo Taken

    08 / 31 / 2018

  • Season Photo Was Taken

    Summer

  • Region Photo Was Taken

    Southeast

  • City

    Marietta

  • State

    Georgia

  • Posted by

    joni10

Notes:

This caterpillar nearly decimated this sunshine ligistrum overnight. ItÕs just under a large water oak and I put the mulch around it a few days ago and the shrub was fine. What can I do to help the bush recover and do I need to use a pesticide to prevent more damage.

Comments

  • stone Master Identifier says:

    Hawkmoths in my garden: http://gardens-in-the-sand.blogspot.com/2014/08/hawk-moths.html

    September 7th, 2018 at 9:55am

  • stone Master Identifier says:

    There are a number of related hawk moths that are hornworms when caterpillars. If it was munching ligustrum. It certainly wasn’t a tomato worm… Caterpillars are very specific in which plants they consume.. I very much enjoy the hawkmoths when they come out in the evening… Why not just allow the caterpillar to finish? I suspect this caterpillar is the privet hawkmoth: http://www.wildlifeinsight.com/british-moths/privet-hawkmoth-sphinx-ligustri/

    September 7th, 2018 at 9:46am

  • Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    Yes, it is a hornworm Caterpillar. Why not just pick it off?

    September 2nd, 2018 at 5:39pm

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