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how do I get rid of the hawk moth larvae
No don't!! they're fantastic!
Please live and let live - they're not so numerous that they become pests.
28 Sep, 2010
I agree with Beattie, let them live.
Guest is in Florida! ..might be more of a problem there
we had two wonderful poplar hawk moths this year and although the caterpillars ate some leaves the trees havn't suffered at all so as much as possible we live and let live ( I draw a line if wee critturs try to come indoors tho!!)
Wait until they turn into the moth...then they will fly away!
can you find out what the specific name of this hawk moth you have is please & let us know? In Britain the hawk moth is a rare creature both in caterpillar & moth stage. All species are superb but never a pest, in fact it is startling to say the least when something the size of a mini green cucumber starts sauntering across your path. As you have gathered we do get excited by such things & with good reason. If we can convert just one person not to resort to poison's then our job is done. Reach for the camera not the cannister - - - -Oerrrr !! have I just made up a slogan ?????? Good luck with all Guest. Keep well.
They do have a tendency to defoliate entire bushes and gardens here in warmer climates. If they are still small, I would use B. t., or spinosad (both organic). When they get big, the only way that seems to work is two bricks!
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