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Mmm, protein! - Diary of a Necromancer
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robling_t
robling_t
Mmm, protein!
Brought in some dill from the garden and discovered as I was rinsing it that I'd inadvertently captured another prisoner-of-war. (At least it didn't end up in the soup...) Probably the same species as its predecessor (I believe the moth that resulted that time was an alfalfa looper); I've got it in a jar on the windowsill with the dill it was nibbling on, let's see if this one pupates or just poops a lot...

feeling: amused amused

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atlanticat From: atlanticat Date: June 23rd, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Please kill it. We don't need more cabbage loopers swarming around. They do enough damage.

I have a related story. I was not terribly hungry last night, and had no energy, but Alasdair did and decided he would wash dishes and then make some salads. I told him that the lettuce was infested with aphids and that he should make sure to wash it thoroughly and carefully before making the salad. He took this advice in stride and I eventually heard the sounds of vigorous lettuce washing.

Naturally, when he called me out to let me know the salads were ready, I had to stop him from eating his as the bowls were infested with aphids.

(I had to shove a lettuce leaf that had at least 30 of them in his face and point out the tiny crawlies and then he still had to spend a significant minute or so trying to find the little buggers...Observation Fail.)
robling_t From: robling_t Date: June 23rd, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Oh, I'm sure there were some aphids in the soup, for that matter, but hey, at least they were cooked... ;) And Googling around I think this little guy may actually be a varigated cutworm, since it's brown. Have to check the beans for more of them, certainly been something nibbling away over there...
atlanticat From: atlanticat Date: June 23rd, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Uh oh. If there are cutworms on your plants, you want to fish them out and kill them immediately. What they will do is find the bases of your plants and chew through them, killing the plant just above root level, which means it will not come back.

I am told they feed at night and the best way to kill them is to dig around in the top inch or so of soil of a recently felled plant and eventually you will uncover them. Squish or drown in a bucket of saltwater.
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