What was that caterpillar?

Hi, just been today clearing the last of the summer annuals in the my raised flower beds, and I have found quite a lot of caterpillars. They were about half to an inch long and a kind of pale dirty olive green colour

I was throwing them on the grass, much to the robins delight. The plants I had in there were french marigolds, lobelia and silver dust.

Any idea what the caterpillars might have been?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,630

    Hard to tell without a photo - were they on plants or in the soil?

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Hi DFA, in the soil, curled up

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,231

    we need a photo

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,630

    Did they look like this?

     

    image

    If so it's a leatherjacket (larvae of crane fly) and you did exactly the right thing - let the birds have them.

    But can you find some more and show us a photo just to be sure?

     

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • thats em! I have just crossed ref. it with Goggle Image. I do not think I'll find anymore, thats me finished clearing borders and raised flower beds for this year.

    Thanks for your help Dovefromabove, coo coo image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,630

    Little blighters - but a nice dinner for the robin.image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • starlings love them too!

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