Watching the birds and tending my patch of the Sonoran Desert
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Trouble in Paradise...
My little Mescal Bean trees are growing quickly these days, with the tallest over 4 foot. However as I wandered the yard this weekend taking note of the plants, I discovered one of the little trees was infested with caterpillars-- at least the very top most leaves were covered with these little buggers.
A little research identified them as Genista Caterpillars- and turns out they love these trees. I lopped off the affected parts, and hopefully that takes care of them. Only one tree had any evidence of them, but I will certainly keep close watch on them all now. Yuck!
The picture shows the branches I lopped off- lots of little worms feasting away! Click for a better view of the little guys.