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 Post subject: Caterpillar question
PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:46 am 
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We have millions of caterpillars in our garden. 2 kinds. Ones that like to horde together en masse. I'm sure i saw a photo of them on these forums years ago, but can't find it now.

The other is tiny and suspends itself in midair allover the place. Usually I am happy to share the place with creepycrawlies but one of these is causing a terrible reaction in all of us, humans and dogs (cats OK so far). Mad itchy, even on places they are unlikley to have gained access to - like soles of feet.

Much as I would like to have them suffer a long lingering death I don't want to to kill them. What are they? when will they go away?

We think it is the caterpillars but perhaps it is something else. Do any of you know?


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You're a good wildlife photographer yourself, as seen in the Lamma-zine, please post some pictures.

Any problems with it, email the pics to me and I'll post them for you.

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Aw gee, thanks.
I would need to be wearing a chemical warfare suit or use a very long lens. I'll go out and try. The drifting ones which hang from trees are hard to find.

The skin reaction is horrible and lasts a long, long time.


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this will give you an idea. They are everywhere.


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OK, I've zoomed in on your pictures and tried to improve them a bit.

Some of our wildlife experts surely must know these caterpillars?


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Thanks LG, here are some more, slightly clearer.


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Hi - nice to be back on Lamma after summer travels.

Shiela, I did post a picture of a horde of caterpillars back in April 2006 - it is on p 5 of the thread "strange bug"

http://www.lamma.com.hk/forum/viewtopic ... c&start=80

Not sure if these are the same, though. I would suggest a water hose to move them along. The guy who really knows about butterflies and moths is Paul "the butterfly man" Lau in Sok Kwu Wan.


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Yes, Zep, that is the photograph I was remembering. Not the same caterpillars though.

The spot where this clan has chosen seems to be ver y popular. There were several other types there as well. I would love them to move on elsewhere, by choice. They are quite lively and reduce a tree's huggability factor quite a lot.

Do you have Butterfly Man's email address?


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I've sent details in a PM


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