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Hi everyone,
This green caterpillar-like thing has been eating my lilies for just over a week now. I left it alone thinking it'll turn into something wonderful soon. Now it's eating the flowers as well. Is it a pest? Should I get rid of it?

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it will turn into something pretty but cant remember what it is. depends if you want the lily buds to survive. You can always move the caterpillar to another plant.

3 Jun, 2011


Thanks seaburn, I just wanted to make sure that i'm not letting something harmful eat my plants thinking that it is a caterpillar. Dont really mind sacrificing a few flowers. :)

3 Jun, 2011


It looks like the larva of a sphinx moth of some species. Dont know which one though. Large, elegant, sometimes colorful "stealth fighter" moths. They are important pollinators, especially of scented plants, such as Nicotiana or Datura. On the other hand, their larvae can defoliate their host plants!

4 Jun, 2011


Thanks tugbrethil, it is still going on eating my plants. Hope to see its more beautiful form soon!

7 Jun, 2011


Fair warning, if it is a sphinx moth larva, it will get pretty huge, and eat a lot of foliage before it changes! The infamous tomato hornworm is its kin.

8 Jun, 2011


Thanks Tug, I'm going to make sure it doesn't get anywhere near my favourite plants. Lilies are ok, I've got too many of them.

8 Jun, 2011

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