nicro
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Cucumber worms

I have searched the forum and didn't find any info. Sorry if this is a reapeat! However, there are skinny green worms all over my cucumber plants and they are eating the leaves....fast. They are not eating the few cucumbers that are on there. Does anyone know what they are and what I can do?????

Thanks! I am new to the forum and there are so many people here full of information!

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Not sure, but skinny green worms are often the caterpillars of the cabbage moth/ cabbage white butterfly/ cabbage looper.

Though they have cabbage in their name and really like the brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, etc), they will also eat lots of other things like cucumbers, celery, lettuce, spinach, some flowers, etc...

Best ways to deal with them are just to hand pick them off (squash them or drown them in soapy water) or to spray with Bt. Bt (bacillus thuringiensis) is a bacteria that mainly attacks caterpillars and won't hurt other things in your garden; it is sold under names such as Dipel and Thuricide.

For the long term, think about adding bird feeders, houses, baths to your gardens. You want lots of birds and then you will have less bugs!

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Thank you for your reply. If it helps in determining what they are, they are hanging by webs. It is one strand a worm. Unfortunately, they are small and there are sooo many. I am not even sure if I would be able to pick them off.

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Green worm hanging from a single strand sounds like a leafroller. (Geshna Cannalis moth) I've had these in my fruit trees, but have not seen them in the garden.

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Sorry, I didn't have the right picture, small and with webs would not be cabbage worms.

But the Bt and/or diatomaceous earth are effective against most of the wormy/caterpillary type things.

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Do they look like [url=https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https://mwm.typepad.com/.a/6a0105351ca48c970c01053565af33970b-800wi&imgrefurl=https://mwm.typepad.com/pizza_for_a_dream/2008/10/inch-by-inch-ev.html&usg=__A1hoL8jT3_bRLZwlxjCe4kMvrUo=&h=547&w=600&sz=66&hl=en&start=0&tbnid=f9XSeR3CDze-WM:&tbnh=134&tbnw=150&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dinchworm%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DX%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26biw%3D1366%26bih%3D588%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=126&vpy=105&dur=1890&hovh=214&hovw=235&tx=105&ty=234&ei=LW5bTOmSCtaSjAfUnrjxAw&oei=LW5bTOmSCtaSjAfUnrjxAw&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0]this[/url]?

That's an inchworm.

nicro
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They look similar to those inch worms...but I have not seen them in a curl like that. I am going to try the Bt that rainbowgardener spoke of. Thank you everyone!

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Glad we could help :D.



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