Caterpillars on Azaleas

Attention all of you azalea fans.  I just discovered several ½” caterpillars (yellow/green with a black stripe down the back) feeding on the underside of leaves on some of my azalea plants.  Don’t be fooled by their small size, these pests are vigorous eaters and in a week’s time, it can strip off most of the foliage on your plants.  So if you see them, treat ASAP by spraying your plants with Liquid (aka Flowable) Sevin; and remember to treat the underside of your leaves.  Usually only 1 application is needed.   These pests usually show up in early spring when new growth appears and again in early fall.  So I am surprised that they are showing up now and I don’t know why.

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About AskthePlantMaster

I have 50 years of horticultural experience, am currently a Master Gardener in Central Florida. In addition, I'm a Horticulture Instructor and retired Parks Manager and Arborist. I love plants and would love to help you with yours!
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