Early May - This is the time of year to keep a very close
eye on your Mugo Pines. I found a small cluster of sawfly
feeding on a Mugo Pine today.
These small caterpillars are light green and very
difficult to see, so we could easily call them "camouflaged." They
are only around for 2 weeks, but will do considerable damage in a
short period of time.
Sawfly caterpillars are hard
even when you are looking close!
First look for the areas where pine needles have
been chewed to short stubble... the caterpillars will be nearby. You
have to keep looking before you finally see them.
They can be sprayed or handpicked but act