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image This year I have had 3 long caterpillars.  About 1.5 inch long.  Not sure if these are  going to turn into butterflies or not?



  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    Probably. Can you describe them? And what plants did you see them on?
  • Kitty4Kitty4 Posts: 2

    One was on a rose bush and one was on a geranium.

    It was thin and 1.5 to 2 inches long.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Could you give us a photo, because 1.5 to 2 inches long is mighty long for a thin caterpillar?

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    Caterpillars can get quite large, when I returned from my jollies last year you would have thought the caterpillars had been on stroids they were so bigimage

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    What are stroids?image-I have noticed today that the edit function is not working

    Don't all caterpillars turn into butterflies or moths?

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    Well yes they do, but as we all know, depending on the species and plant they're on, can do a lot of damage as they munch enough to fuel them through pupation.
  • they could also turn into sawfly image

  • colour would help image

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Could be sawfly-did not think of thatimage

    On a side note- as gardeners we are encouraged to tempt butterflies into the garden-the dilemma is they all start of as caterpillars- so a slight bit of foot shooting going on there.

    What to do?

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    ID them I guess...
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