red-currant--spikey-caterpillars-

Trying to be an organic/friendly gardener.... New red currant bush planted this year did not fruit, top leaves got tight, dry and curly so I kept hosing off!! Caterpillars have established that look like spikey bird poo's!! They are obviously munching away, ok to leave them now? Will this effect next years crop?? 

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  • FoolioFoolio Posts: 80

    Ha typical went outside to get a photo and there isn't a single one on there today?!?!  Saw about 5 Yesterday!?!  I don't think they were saw fly as I have them on my gooseberry each year!! These critters were hairy & spikey, with brown at one end white at the other? Oh well ...off to feed the bushes :0)

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,101

    You say spikey bird poos, gooseberry saw fly caterpillars aren't spikey. Peacock butterfly caterpillars are spikey and black and white.

  • I have just found exactly the same thing on my redcurrants.  Only found 2 caterpillars, but they are very hairy and on their back they are a brownish red at the head end which changes to white at the tail end.  Have found other little green ones too which I have had on my gooseberrys and might be the sawfly mentioned earlier.  They seem to be munching side by side!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,727
    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • FoolioFoolio Posts: 80

    No defo not peacock caterpillars! 

  • FoolioFoolio Posts: 80
    And so in 2013 I didn't know what these were, so in 2014 I have kept the chrysalis from the caterpillar and they have now appeared ...........comma butterflies!!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,727

    How wonderful - lucky you image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,101

    Thank you for letting us know. So often people don't, when I really want to know what happened in the end. Clever you to keep the chrysalis safe and see the butterflies. At least Dove and I guessed butterflies!

  • Flora rosaFlora rosa Posts: 260

    urgh yuk Dove ! That video not nice lol thank The Lord, I haven't got them or at least not in that number image

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