How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Pest identification and confirmation—Common caterpillars

Here are six common caterpillars found in the garden or orchard

Orange tortrix
Orange Tortrix
Yellowish green bodies with gold head capsules and prothoracic shields.

Omnivorous leafroller
Omnivorous leafroller
Translucent and chalky white bumps on each segment; brown head.

Fruittree leafroller
Fruittree leafroller
Green, with a shiny black head.

Amorbia
Amorbia
Green, with two dark horizontal lines on each side of its head and the segment behind

Citrus cutworm
Citrus cutworm
Brown to green, smooth-skinned caterpillar with a prominent white stripe on each side

Western tussock moth
Western tussock moth
Black, with long bristles with red and yellow spots and four white tufts of hair.


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