Bug ID on Hydrangea Annabelle? Photos

prairiemoon2 z6 MAMay 22, 2010

It looks like there is a caterpillar inside the leaves making a mess and maybe laying eggs? Wondering if I can just cut these terminal leaves off but if I do will I lose my flowers for the season? Any other thoughts?

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anitamo(5)

Hi Ann...I'm no expert, but if this was my shrub, I'd cut the leaves off. As long as the flower buds remain, it'll flower. Keep an eye on it and pick off caterpillars as soon as you see them. I think this is the year of the caterpillar for everyone.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2010 at 7:45PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

I never saw so many caterpillars, Anita! If it isn't one kind it's another. The birds are having a feast and I've never seen Orioles in my yard so much. Yes, I'm going to have to start visiting my roses a couple of times a day trying to find the culprits on those.

I haven't looked closely at all the leaves that have these rolled up 'suites' in them so I'm not sure if there are flower buds in them or not. I'll have to go over it good tomorrow.

Thanks Anita!

    Bookmark   May 22, 2010 at 8:09PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Leafrollers of one kind or another. Why cut off leaves when you can squish the beast in place? Yes, I know; the eeuuw factor!

Having a garden sometimes requires nerves of steel. Well, sort of.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 1:40PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i am with jean.. peel them open .... pick up any litle stick .... and get the chucker out of there.. place under shoe .. and walk away ..

ken

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 2:59PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Ok, I don't have a problem with getting them out of there. I have gloves and that way maybe the leaves will be okay. I'll try it. Thanks :-)

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 3:16PM
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anitamo(5)

Just to clarify, I didn't mean cut "all" the leaves off...just the one or two that have the caterpillars in them. :)

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 3:46AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

we knew that...

we are just suggesting they arent going to attack you... or move so fast you cant get away ... so just remove the bug .... gardening is a science experiment.. enjoy the multitude of experience.. dont fear it ...

the only time to resort to chems.. is if the whole plant is affected ... IMHO ....

and amputation is a bit extreme ... lol

ken

ps: now a wasps next .. on the other hand.. call a pro .. lol .. or if bees.. find a bee keeper ...

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 8:31AM
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