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    08 / 31 / 2018

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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.


  • stone Master Identifier says:

    Hawkmoths in my garden:

    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:

    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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