In the garden – a brightly colored caterpillar is more attractive than a mature moth

Q: I found this caterpillar eating my swampy milk today. In my garden, I saw a little butterfly around the orange butterfly and the purple confuck. Do you know what it is? And I didn’t think he would eat milk except the emperors.

A: The caterpillar is a moth, a milk moth, and other insects that feed on milk chickens. It is a good warning to hunters that it is not good for the moth to eat bright colors instead of breast milk. In this case, the caterpillar is more attractive than the adult brown moth.

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Q: Dear God of Paradise! I have many questions for your wisdom. In the 79-year-old bloodthirsty Gezer garden, I will send you many pictures of invasive, rooted weeds: hoping to get your advice on how to get rid of them and move on. Dress appropriately to reduce their return capacity.

A: Weeds are the prey of many gardeners. You, unfortunately, have three that are difficult to eradicate many annual weeds. The first vine was an invasive vine. The second is almond grass, and the third is a nightclub. Drop-spray with Roundup gives some control, but that’s a better option if you can get them, the roots and all of them up. But I know this is easier said than done. A herbicide called SedgeHammer can also be used on ground grass.

Gallery – In the Garden – August 21, 2021

Q: I have always had good luck with the impatient New Guinea, but not this year. Do you have any advice?

A: The first impatient people in New Guinea were considered to be impatient with the sun. Although impatient people tolerate more sunlight, they need more water in the sun and can struggle if it is hot or dry. Solar patients are new intolerant people who can take the sun. I plant them completely in partial shade in the sun, and they normally grow equally in both vulnerabilities. This year, some of the afternoon shadows look better all day than the sun, but they are still growing. Is the soil in your container thoroughly washed? If the soil is heavy and wet or waterlogged, this can be a death knell for those who are impatient.

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Q: Can you tell me what these drops or eggs are and what they come from? This is on one of the tomato plants. The trunk above was where the leaf was. No bugs. This happens at night.

A: Keep an eye out. With large droplets, the caterpillar must be large. I doubt the tomato horn. When attacked, you can quickly cut down a plant.

Janet Carson, who retired at the University of Arkansas Extension Service 38 years later, is one of Arkansas’s best-known horticulturalists. Her blog is Write to her at Mail21, Little Rock, AR 72203 or by email

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