I just discovered very small (3/8 ") skinny, blackish catepillars nestled in the leaves of my hollyhocks, covered with a thin veil of web-by like stuff. Who invited these guys to the party? How do I dispose of the party crashers and make sure they don’t return? Or maybe, after they have had their belly-full of tender leaves they will grow up to protect the rest of the garden?
Naturallly, I would prefer not to use anything harsh to rid the garden of these guys, any suggestions. Can anyone recommend a good source on-line to identify the "bad guys" from the "good guys"?
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.