From time to time we get bugs in the lucerne. At the moment we have the odd Bluegreen Aphid & Heliothis grub. The aphids are very tiny at only 3mm long and are hard to spot with the naked eye; the grubs are a little bigger growing to about 30mm long.
Rather than spraying pesticides we much prefer to rely on beneficials & natural predators. Mowing the paddock every 28 days also helps; the birds have a field day when we mow a paddock as the insects are easy pickings.
They weren't this caterpillar, more grey, but I remember our west Gippsland farm being overrun with caterpillars, like a dozen per square foot. It was only one year and we could not walk anywhere without squishing them.ReplyDelete
Feast time for the birds - good one :D)ReplyDelete
hope they are not threat anymore for your crops dear.ReplyDelete
I hope they don't become too much of a pest.ReplyDelete
It's hard for me to get mad at them--- but then I don't depend on what I grow for a living. Wonderful picture!ReplyDelete