Caterpillers on Texas mountain laurel

Asked April 3, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

I have a small texas mountain laurel that has finally gotten a nice growth of new leaves only to now have a large population of small caterpillers feeding on them...I have hosed them off and picked them off, but some are still there..help!

Pima County Arizona trees and shrubs insect issues horticulture

1 Response

Hi,

These caterpillars are common on Texas mountain laurel and although they eat a few leaves will not kill the tree. I recommend what you are already doing, spray them off with a hose when you see them. You can also pick them off and drop them on the ground, they will not be able to get back to the plant before some bird eats them.

Peter