Caviar on lettuce? I wish - no, turns out this is old fashioned caterpillar poop, of all things. Out harvesting greens for my salad and found these. Wondered if the caterpillars had a preference of one type of lettuce over another but seems like they like them all.
The caterpillars grow fast - in proportion to what they eat. Best to catch them small if they are there. More salad for me to eat than them. I wonder if caterpillar poop makes good compost?
|Another sign of a visitor in the garden. Chewed up lettuce leaves.|
Garden Detective Tips
(or what I learn by doing - best way for me)
- Look for telltale signs of bites out of the leaves, or caviar on lettuces.
- Inspect underside of each leaf.
- The green caterpillar is easier to find on the darker lettuce leaves than on the green leaves.
- It is easier to detect signs left from the green cateripillar on the green ones cause of the contrasting droppings they leave behind.
Sunday afternoon and want am I doing? Trying to ID an ugly bug in my garden to figure out if it’s a good one or bad one. Can’t decide if it’s a wheel bug (good one) or a leaf footed bug or ? I did find a good link of different photos of bugs at True Bugs.
I have the Texas Bug Book by Malcolm Beck and Howard Garrett to check if they are good or bad bugs. This books has some great stories of Malcolm's experiences with lots of bug pictures.