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Wednesday, 1 July 2009

solomon's seal sawfly

sawflies hard at work

every year,not long after flowering,the leaves of my solomon's seal are completely eaten away by small grey/green caterpillars. soapy garlic spray didn't seem to get rid of them and, as they attack after flowering and seem to leave every other plant alone, I didn't want to use totally lethal chemical sprays. I tried to find a name for the culprit in gardening books and on the web, to no avail. then I happened to be looking in my daughter's Guide to British Insects and found a sawfly that targets solomon's seal and, surprise, is called solomon's seal sawfly.

after dinner, leaves are stripped bare

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