Seeds Pests and diseases

Caterpillars

21.01.2021

General
 
There are innumerable species of caterpillars. Basically, every caterpillar is the larva of a butterfly or a moth and at some point will enter the pupal stage. What all caterpillars have in common is their appetite. So the image of the very hungry caterpillar is no accident. They usually attack the hemp leaves, but they can also attack the trunk or branches.
 
damage
 
The caterpillars munch their way through marijuana and every other green and are therefore only moderately popular with gardeners. Theoretically, not only whole trees can fall victim to caterpillars - there are even specimens that are toxic to humans, such as processionary moths. A healthy garden includes caterpillars, but monocultures for harvesting purposes (yes, correct: we're talking about weed, cannabis, grass) should be avoided.
 
identification
 
Caterpillars are mostly green, so they are well camouflaged. But they can also be brown, gray, yellowish or even motley. They are usually three to five inches long and usually move on seven to eight pairs of legs. Caterpillars are most active at night, which is why an inspection for caterpillars makes the most sense.
 
prophylaxis
 
Since every caterpillar has different habits, it is quite difficult to approach targeted caterpillar prophylaxis. It is best to inspect the hemp plants regularly - if you find individual caterpillars, they can be removed by hand. The cannabis seedlings should only be planted outdoors when they are strong enough to withstand possible attacks by caterpillars.
 
Elimination
 
The easiest and fastest way to get rid of caterpillars is to pick them up with your bare hands and crush them. If you don't want to kill the cute little creeps in cold blood, you can of course put them out in the forest without hesitation - after all, butterflies as pollinators are an important part of the ecosystem.