What do my Caterpillars Eat?
I found a couple of lesser yellow underwing caterpillars last night on my slug hunt and I'm curious as to what they eat. They happened to be on two plants that have been extensively munched on, my Kent pride iris and my apple crisp heuchera. I have caught slugs in the act on both of those plants so they could be the sole culprits and the caterpillars just innocent bystanders. I did a quick Google search last night and couldn't find anything to suggest they'd be contributing to the destruction, all accounts suggest they prefer things like nettles which is handy as happen to have a whole bunch of those out the front. As per a previous post, I also found some eggs on one of my heucherellas and they could possibly belong to a lesser yellow underwing. If there's any chance that when they hatch they'll start on my plants, I'd rather remove the leaf and relocate it to the nettles out front. So, could they be the munchers or are they perfectly harmless to my plants?