3 March 2014 at 9:20 pm
A remarkably efficient machine for turning leaves into frass and caterpillar.
Gregory in Seattle says
3 March 2014 at 9:34 pm
Why, it’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
3 March 2014 at 9:38 pm
Cool, it makes a nice metaphor for the Koch brothers and Fox news.
3 March 2014 at 11:06 pm
According to the link, this is a sawfly larva. The term caterpillar apparently only applies to the larvae of Lepidoptera whereas sawflies are Hymenoptera.
chigau (違う) says
3 March 2014 at 11:32 pm
I have similar critters doing my currants every year.
If I could, I would kill them all.
3 March 2014 at 11:46 pm
That’s what I don’t like about gardening. You spend most of your time killing things.
(Some time back I did a “How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse” reality check. The basic advice was “Don’t think like a Lantern-Jawed Hero (TM). This isn’t war. It’s an integrated pest management problem. Think like a farmer. They spend most of their time killing things with ruthless, cold-blooded efficiency on an industrial scale.”)
Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought says
3 March 2014 at 11:50 pm
Ah yes, I wanted to say it looks cute if it’s not your fruit tree it’s feasting on.
But chigau was faster.
4 March 2014 at 12:12 am
The things we call ‘imported currant worms’ strip every leaf.
strip every leaf
The bush doesn’t die but there are no berries after it makes new leaves.
WMDKitty -- Survivor says
4 March 2014 at 2:55 am
Dammit, Gregory beat me to it! But I can still link you to THIS wiki page…
No, seriously, that’s one of my fave children’s books.
4 March 2014 at 3:43 am
Used to read that to the Spawn all the time :-)
We couldn’t find a copy in the right language, so we printed out a version of the text ourselves and pasted it into the book on top of the English. Still got a couple of the books we did that with, stashed away as mementos :-)
4 March 2014 at 3:45 pm
If it were a North American species I would say that it is almost certainly a member of the sawfly family Tenthredinidae