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infestation on my jerusalem artichokes

 
mark andrews
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Any idea what these are?

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Jay C. White Cloud
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Yes...Indian Runner fodder (or Muscovy, as some chickens don't seem to like the "spiny" caterpillars as many are poisonous)...there eggs may taste a little different...but I like variety in my eggs...

At first glance a mouth caterpillar...but would have to really see up close to know for sure...either way...food for something...

Regards,

j
 
Judith Browning
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We had that happen a few years ago...just on the j. artichokes. We thought they were 'army worms' that were invading our county pastures at the time but were never certain about the ID. I don't remember them eating anything else, and the j. artichokes were completely striped...the plants regrew leaves just in time for the passing deer to strip them again....
 
Peter Ellis
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Look quite a bit like tent moth caterpillars, including the swarming behaviour. If they go back to a nest, that pretty much seals it. But I am not familiar with them going after anything but trees.
 
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