Weird bright green swirly-curly-backed worm(?)
July 22, 2009
Hi, there, Bugman! Love this site… it’s been quite helpful in the past, but I have been unable to find this on here. I’m in Western PA (Pittsburgh) and found this on my potted Impatients. Last week (mid July) when I was dead-heading them, I didn’t notice it and it pulled back! -Totally freaked me-out! So I pulled it off and took some pics. Unfortunately, the plumbers came right then and I didn’t have the presence of mind to keep the little bugger, just tossed him off the porch. Never seen another since. Any ideas? Are they going to override my plants eventually? Destructive? How do I get rid of them should I see more? Thanks for any help on this!
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
We haven’t a clue as to what this is. Readership, help us.
Holey Moley! didn’t think the Bugman could be stumped… At least all my friends who were also clueless won’t feel so stupid. 🙂
I’ll keep checking in on the site, but if possible, I’d appreciate an email if some info comes to light. (if that’s not possible, I understand, though)
Thanks again for your efforts!
Karl solves the Mystery
Ripe impatiens seed pods explode rather violently, on their own or when they are touched. The green curly thing is what’s left behind. Regards. K
We aren’t even entomologists, much less botanists, but we were relatively certain this was not animalian.
That’s a seedpod from an Impatients plant (oddly enough, where it was found.) My mother used to have them in a basket on the porch and those pods would pop when the conditions were right, spreading the seeds by a little ol’ spring action. I always thought they were pretty cool, because when they were ripe you could set them off with a touch, which is probably what startled Ms. Jones. So in the end… flora not fauna. The fact that this is the first one she’s seen though, means she is probably really good at keeping up with dead-heading.
Bay City, MI