THERE ARE A BUNCH OF YELLOE CATERPILLARS IN MY OAK TREE I DON’T RECOGNIZE.
Dropping EVERYTHING to rescue them. Many haven’t made it, and are on the ground getting eaten by fire ants :’(
July 1, 2018
These are not caterpillars on oak!
These are sawfly larvae on possum grape!
I HAVE NEVER RAISED SAWFLIES BEFORE I am so blessed/excited 😭
Guys there are hundreds of these going all the way to the top of the tree (I let the possom grape vines go up the oak—it’s made my yard very popular!).
That crappy blurry picture is of a cluster of babies at least 25 feet up. Even if I wanted hundreds of sawflies, my ladder doesn’t extend that far. But anyway. LOOK AT MY CHILDREN
Still July 1, 2018!
We have an identification!!
These are Ceratulus spectabilis sawflies! They feed of native grapevines and are found in Texas and Mexico. 😀
Check them out: bugguide.net/node/view/443681 [link]