It’s that time again, that horrible time, when I keep finding freshly hatched caterpillar hordes on my plants. And not just those caterpillars where one egg is laid here, and another there. No, those horrible hairy caterpillars whose eggs are laid in a clump, and that hatch en masse, and flay whole leaves as the horde spreads out over the entire plant…
I hate them.
If I’m lucky enough to discover them just after they hatch, and before they migrate to other leaves, I usually pluck the offensive leaf off, place it on a flat surface with the caterpillars on the bottom side, and stomp on the leaf (not barefoot, of course!) to kill the caterpillars.
If I’m unlucky, I’ll have to search many leaves and have to execute the caterpillars individually.
Let’s just say I’ve had mixed luck… Grrr. Hope you’re not affected by them too.