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Is the catapiller eating my gardenia a Butterfly or Moth?

We have 2 gardenia bushes but only one gets attacked by caterpillers. The caterpiller has an orange head and orange tail. I don't want to spray them incase they become butterflies. I can never find any cocoons either.

Flowers and Ornamentals • Pests

Hi Karen,

The hawk moth caterpillar is found on gardenias. Generally there is only one caterpillar per bush and they do not do too much damage. I have attached a link to the Australian Museum which shows the life cycle of various hawk moths. They usually fly at night and so are not commonly seen during the daylight hours. http://australianmuseum.net.au/Hawk-Moths They are quite beautiful and I would not spray them as they cause little damage.

Yt-team

yates

Answered: 25 Dec, 2011

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