Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Caterpillar snacks

My garden is full of pests. This army worm (Mythimna) was having a snooze under the newspaper mulch when I accidentally uncovered it. Army worms are so named because they march (at a caterpillar's pace) across grasslands, wreaking havoc (just as unhurriedly) on the vegetation as they go.

But what they lack in speed, they make up for in numbers. Army worms can cause serious damage to cereal crops by snipping off the seed heads.

This drowsy caterpillar seemed to be on its own. I look forward to the day when it gathers up its mates to lay waste to the weeds in the back yard. I, for one, salute our new larval overlords.


Lucky-1 said...

So that is what an army worm looks like:0)

I've seen a few of those in my travel over the years. Learnt something tonight:D

Snail said...

Hi Lucky! I think there's a few more closely-related species that all get lumped under the name 'army worm'. They all look much the same, though.

This is the first one I've seen in the garden. I'm hoping that I'll be woken up one night by the sound of caterpillars chewing through the weeds.