What caterpillar eats Baptisia?

What caterpillar eats Baptisia?

Genista Broom Moth caterpillars
Genista Broom Moth caterpillars feeding on baptisia. There is a new pest problem for flower growers that enjoy Baptisia (false indigo) called the Genista Broom Moth. It is actually the caterpillars that cause the damage.

What is eating my false indigo?

However, one pest is becoming more common in gardens and landscapes and it’s called the Genista Broom moth (Uresiphita reversalis). The caterpillar, or larval stage, of this moth, feeds on some plants in the pea family, which False Indigo is a member of.

How do you get rid of caterpillars from plants?

For plants, a regular spray of a molasses solution (1 tablespoon molasses, 1 teaspoon dish soap, and a liter of warm water) or a garlic solution (three crushed cloves of garlic, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon dish soap, and a liter of water) will deter insects from munching.

Do butterflies like Baptisia?

Even without an award, most gardeners will appreciate Blue Wild Indigo for it’s clear blue flowers and shrub-like form. It is at home in both formal and naturalized gardens, providing early season nectar to a variety of butterflies and pollinators.

What animals eat Baptisia?

Rabbits have been known to eat young Baptisia plants.

How do I get rid of sawfly caterpillars?

Good choices that are effective, but have little environmental impact, include insecticidal soaps and narrow-range oils. Another aspect of sawfly insect control is directed at the pupa that overwinter in cocoons in the soil. Cultivating the soil exposes them to freezing weather and birds that feed on them.

Is Baptisia a host plant?

Baptisia is a native host plant for the Wild Indigo Duskywing, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Orange Sulphur, Clouded Sulphur, Frosted Elfin, and Hoary Edge butterflies. These species lay their eggs on the leaves of the plant, which provide the first food for the caterpillars.