RE: caterpillar damage

From: John Green (
Date: Fri May 28 1999 - 07:11:36 PDT

Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 08:11:36 -0600
From: "John Green" <>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg1880$foo@default>
Subject: RE: caterpillar damage

>Just a note, you may already be aware of this. I have had trouble with

>caterpillars in the past with Sarrs. I have found that if you
>search through the medium (in my case live sphagnum) you will
>find the culprit. In most cases they hide during the day and come up
>of the ground at night to feed.

>I had a similar problem with S. purpurea and plunged the plant in a
>of water overnight, entirely submersing it and weighing it down. I
>covered the container. The plant is too big for a critter to eat a
>leaf, but there was nightly damage. Three medium size green
>that hid in the pitchers during the day were the problem.

Last night while inspecting my plants I found a small caterpillar
hiding *inside* a small pitcher. I hadn't even noticed the damage he
was doing to some small sarrs till then. If I hadn't seen his little
head poke out of the leaf while I was sitting there, who knows how much
he'd have eaten before I caught him. I fed him to a D. capensis.

John Green
Salt Lake City, Utah

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