One of my least favorite pests is the larvae of the Papaipema moth. It's a rhizome borer and can quickly cause the demise of your Sarr if not found in time. This caterpillar likes to munch on the insides of your rhizome in turn causing the plant to die due to the lack of rhizome left or from a fungus/disease taking hold in the damaged part of the rhizome. I've lost two plants to these jerks, but I caught this one in time just beginning to bore into an alata:
Not an attractive caterpillar in the slightest
If you notice, this jerk was on a cutting board. After his Glamour Shots session he was sliced up returned to the alata he was trying to make his lunch.
One of these just found one of my European trays...
Post by DirtyDivisions on Sept 9, 2017 19:51:42 GMT -5
I found the reason for this Sarracenia's quick decline. The culprit was none other than my least favorite Sarracenia pest, the rhizome borer caterpillar. This one had already gotten its fill and pupated.
I went outside this evening and noticed that a new Leuco pitcher was being munched on so I cut it and checked the inside section by section until I found this caterpillar:
At first I though it was the dreaded Papaipema species that DirtyDivisions has posted about but im not so sure. It more closely resembles Spodoptera ornithogalli (see the pictures in the second row from the bottom www.mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=9669 ) which apparently is fairly generalist in its eating habits and is known to spin silk threads to ride the wind when they are small to disperse from the plant they hatched on. I decided to keep it in a test tube with a section of the pitcher it was feeding on to see if I can get it to pupate so I can get a picture and positive ID of the moth that emerges. I will of course be watching for more signs of damage to my plants and have a bottle of Pyrethrin based pesticide on standby.
sanguinearocks101: What are good plants to make hybrids with S. luecophylla with? Im looking for dark colors.
Sept 10, 2020 18:46:52 GMT -5
adaetz100: Sarracenia purpurea tends to add a lot of red/purple to its offspring, but there are some lovely dark red flava x leucophylla crosses too. Look up 'Royal Ruby' if you're not familiar with it already--it's a natural flava x leuco hybrid
Sept 22, 2020 20:15:04 GMT -5
sarrseens: How about $50
Oct 3, 2020 10:35:54 GMT -5