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Little green larvae to compost?

Posted by hippylove4u FL (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 23, 14 at 9:06

I am discovering little green caterpillar like larvae on the underside of my cucumber and cantaloupe leaves. Assuming the cucumber beetle but haven't seen the actual insect just lots of eaten leaves. I'm pruning eaten leaves- Can I put these leaves into my compost tumbler? Upon taking these pics found hundreds of eggs :-( help!


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RE: Little green larvae to compost?

And here's the pic of eggs


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Those aren't eggs. They are aphids. Wash them off.


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Thanks jean001a-- any thoughts about the little green larvae in the first pic?
Will a hose with pressure work for 'washing them off' live leaves?


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Don't see enough detail to know for certain. Well, except for one thing -- it's eating the leaf surface.


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These images might be of some help.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cucumber Beetle larva


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RE: Little green larvae to compost?

In the link Kimmsr provided it shows several images of ladybug larvae as "cucumber beetle larvae". Not good for ladybugs!


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I'm not sure why kimmsr attached that link, because your little green larva is a caterpillar of one kind or another. Can't tell you which one, there are many, many caterpillars that are translucent green when young.

Regarding the hose....I use my thumb at the end of the hose to create a fan spray with some pressure. You don't much pressure; the aphids aren't that difficult to knock off and you don't want to harm the leaves.


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The link was attached for informational purposes.
There is no good reason top prune leaves that have been eaten, some, by any larva if the larva are removed. Knocking Aphids off plant leaves with a strong water spray is one really good method of control of them.


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