Creepy Crawlies

As I was watering my plant in the dark I spotted two caterpillars on my plant. I don’t know if I should be happy about my nocturnal eye power! OMG. I hate creepy crawlies! I am going to judge a caterpillar by it’s look and I bet it’s a moth! Eek!

Specimen 1

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A tiny green caterpillar on my mint leaf plant!

Specimen 2

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This is damn ugly! It’s fat, brown and ugly! I know I’m not supposed to judge God’s creation but OMG.

I am going to consult three experts that I came across and hopefully they have an answer!

The three experts I am consulting are:-

  1. My all time favourite gardener Ms Green Fingers who previously helped identify my dying Carnation
  2. Another regular gardening blog I read, The Curious Gardener who has many years of gardening experience
  3. A random blog I found which was aptly named Butterflies of Singapore – Butterfly Circle. Looking at the name of this blog I am sure the blogger has the answers!

Helped! Can one of you please help? This is an emergency! Thanks a million!

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About somethingboutrenes

A lady with many random thoughts and braving this whimsical world with a simple faith. In love with all things vintage and pieces with a story to tell. Loves blogging, enjoys Yoga and has an urgent need to travel to maintain sanity.

6 responses to “Creepy Crawlies”

  1. Commander says :

    Do you have a slightly better shot of those caterpillars? From the blurry shots, I can only roughly gauge that both these caterpillars are those of moths rather than butterflies. If you can spare the plants and let them continue to eat the leaves, they are likely to pupate in the soil in the pot. Then when the moth ecloses, you will be able to see what species it is.

    • somethingboutrenes says :

      Oo I took it with my phone. My guess is that it’s moth too. Why are they attracted to these plants?

  2. Commander says :

    Moth caterpillars are usually less finicky when it comes to their caterpillar host plants, as compared to butterflies. They tend to choose a much wider variety of plants. An example is the common Atlas Moth, where the caterpillars can feed on the leaves of rambutan, soursop, Singapore Rhododendron, Ardisia elliptica and many others.
    My mom, who has a nice Periwinkle patch has an on-going war with the caterpillars of the Oleander Hawk Moth. A single caterpillar can wipe out a big plant of Periwinkle in a couple of days!

  3. Blur ting says :

    You can’t really stop them from coming to your gardens especially if you have flowers to attract them. Butterflies are attracted to their food plants (lime butterfly’s caterpillar can devour an entire lime plant or curry leaves in days).

    It’s difficult for me to identify the caterpillars as they tend to change in colour and shape as they develop. It’s true that moth are not so selective, so looking at the type of plants these caterpillars are resting on, they could likely be moth.

    The only thing to do is to remove them as soon as you see them. You can often see the eggs laid by butterflies or moth on the leaves.

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