Worm or Caterpllar
Three years ago we had an apple tree removed from this location because it was dying. the stump was ground and I only planted annuals in this area for 3 years. Yesterday, I was planting some perennials. One location was fine, the other was full of these disgusting looking creatures. I removed as many as I could and planted a good sized Veronica plant there. Will my plant survive, should I move it and what are these creatures?
These are white grubs, the larvae of either the oriental beetle or Japanese beetle. They can be a lawn problem in late summer and late spring when populations exceed 9 per square foot. They should not be a problem on your perennials. http://www.ladybug.uconn.edu/WhiteGrubs.htm