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Old 04-17-2018, 11:09 AM   #1
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Who ate my basil


I make good pesto....IF I have basil.

Was happy a pk of seeds all sprouted. Had enough to make up 2 pots for friends. Noticed a couple of leaves had holes. Put pots inside porch thinking it was a grasshopper. Omg. A few days later one pot is dead from damage. Leaves entirely gone. One pot may survive.

I mixed cooking oil an detergent an covered leaves an found some of these worm things. No they aren't butterfly caterpillars.


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The closest I could find was a crossed striped cabbage worm. A local garden shop or agriculture department could probably ID it. Regardless, for the quantity you are dealing with hand picking is probably acceptable. There would be several sprays you could use, if you want.

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check out "alfalfa weevil" and see if it matches.

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Try this search "cross-striped cabbage worm picture" and click more

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Yes I think thats what they resemble. I grow basil every year in same place an never had trouble so wonder why I got the little buggers this year?

One lady sprayed water with cayenne.

I went to a great deal of trouble to obtain cotton seeds in Georgia last yr. My plants are doing well but some leaves have same holes. At least I can use a chemical spray on the cotton since they won't be ingested.
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Again, not a pro, but if you read up on the life cycle of that bug you may be able to identify where it came from. A typical cycle would be eggs wintering over and hatching in the spring into the worm. That evolves into a moth which mates and deposits more eggs. My guess would be those worms came with the soil.

My daughter bought a house complete with a nice well established asparagus patch. I'm not terribly fond of asparagus except fresh picked and raw. Unfortunately her patch gets infested with a common bug, common to asparagus, after the first picking. This year I will find an organic or other safe spray to try to hold them off. Point being, there are some reasonably safe options.

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"Bacillus thuringiensis kurstai
(Btk) gives excellent control of leaf-eating caterpillars such as cabbage worms and tomato hornworms, but has no activity against insects that do not eat treated leaves. After the insects eat the bacteria, their guts rupture and they die. Bt is therefore one of the safest natural pesticides you can use in terms of controlling caterpillar pests of vegetables or fruits without harming beneficial insects."

This is from Mother Earth, but Cornell Univ & many others have articles on B. Thuringiensis. It's available at most hardware stores. I've bought just a small inexpensive bottle, many times. It's great stuff.

I was just remembering that when I saw a lot of white butterflies, I would need to spray the B.T. on my plants. White Cabbage Butterfly.
Don't they have them in Ohio?
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definitely a worm and not a caterpillar, but I can't say I'm familiar with it.
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Looks like a caterpillar to me?

anyhow, the reason I jumped in here to share
how we buy basil...We purchase it in the supermarket
in the produce department.

I mean the basil that is in a plastic bag with the roots
attached. You can get a big bunch of well established basil
for three bucks.

We immediately plant it in a big pot and just keep it
watered. We grow all our herbs in pots up on our
deck...

One basil plant grows like crazy...we splint it
into a few pots as it grows.
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:17 PM   #11
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Looks like what we used to call 'cutworms'.
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