Subject: I found evidence of a Budworm on My Woody Plant
Geographic location of the bug: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 4:43 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Dear Bugman,
I was inspecting the nugs of My Woody Plant when I discovered evidence of Budworms on two colas. I’ve learned so much since I submitted an image of a Budworm two years ago. I immediately harvested both and set up a three bowl wash of first hydrogen peroxide in water, second lemon juice & baking soda in water, and finally a water rinse. While trimming the cola, I discovered a silken chamber with a .3 inch bronze-backed Jumping Spider that I carried back to the garden to the plant I just trimmed, talking to it as it jumped from one hand to the next, back and forth. Sorry, I didn’t have a camera at the time, so no photo of the spider. I finished cutting out all the caterpillar fouled portions of two buds, but I never found the caterpillar. Do you think the caterpillar moved from one cola to the next where it encountered the lair of the Jumping Spider that promptly ate it? I didn’t want to count on predators to control these dreaded Budworms, so I followed the advice of Mel Frank and promptly sprayed my plants with Bt, a naturally occurring bacteria that causes the caterpillars to stop eating so they eventually die, and it is not a pesticide so it doesn’t harm my predators, like spiders and mantids.
How you want your letter signed: Constant Gardener
Dear Constant Gardener,
We will probably catch some flack from some Facebook followers for highlighting another Cannabis posting. Thank you for sharing your organic Caterpillar prevention strategy as well as your saving a tainted crop strategy. We found information on The Cannabis Grower that states the Budworm will “burrow into your buds and eat them from the inside. You’ll have no idea they’re even there until you see a bud that looks a little off…one leaf is dying, or the bud looks dried out, somewhat similar to the symptoms of bud rot. If you see this, you must inspect the bud. Take the leaf or bud and pull it away from the plant until you can see all around it. Look for sand-grain sized balls that are black or brown. That’s caterpillar poop, and you have a problem. The good news is that you can usually find the worm by following the poop around the buds until you find the worm or the hole he’s in. The bad news is you MUST find that worm, otherwise he’ll just keep eating and eating into your buds.” Regarding the possibility that the Jumping Spider ate the Budworm, we suppose that is entirely possible, especially since you did not fine the culprit.