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Post  purplekale on 3/29/2018, 7:34 pm

Hello,

I found 2 of these little guys while I was out weeding today.  I think they are caterpillars and I don't want to get rid of them if they are.  If they are something that will eat my lettuce, they have to go!Please help ID! Img_1210

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/29/2018, 7:38 pm

Hi Purplekale. Welcome from Atlanta, GA. Glad you've joined our party... :-)

Those look like some grubs that are very bad for your lawn. And it will not help your SFG either.... But chickens love them, from what I'm told!

I'm sure someone will chime in shortly to either confirm or correct.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/29/2018, 9:50 pm

Looks like a typical grub,I wouldn’t get too attached to it, there are probably bunches of them...they are usually not good guys.  He looks like a generic white grub...

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/29/2018, 9:51 pm

OK, Oregon!

Hmm.  Again, sticking with a no big deal grub until I hear otherwise!

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Post  purplekale on 3/29/2018, 10:48 pm

Thank you for your responses - we'll go with little white grub guys.  Very Happy   I don't have chickens and I don't have a lawn.  (Landlady didn't want to reseed it, so she let me put in my SFG!)  I'll relocate them away from my food.  Thank you again!
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Post  sanderson on 3/30/2018, 3:25 am

When I find white grubs in the compost pile, they are tossed in the green waste can. I tried to get the mockingbirds and jays interested but they ignored them.

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 3/30/2018, 11:20 am

Beetles, chiming in, as requested!
Yes - likely a baby beetle (grub) and very unlikely to be advantageous for your garden.
If you want to try to figure out which kind of grub, you can... uh... examine its butt:
http://msuent.com/assets/pdf/03GrubID.pdf

I can't really make out the features in your photo clearly enough to be sure of it being a grub. There's a small chance it's a light-colored cutworm caterpillar (baby moth), also a pest in the garden, like these:
http://txppipm.blogspot.com/2015/03/pale-western-cutworms-and-brown-wheat.html
The way to tell the difference is that caterpillars have "stumpy" legs on the back half, and grubs do not.
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Post  sanderson on 3/30/2018, 5:26 pm

Oh, my. Just learned something new! Thanks, Beetle. I took a CE on identifying fly larvae. I miss CEs now that I am retired. Shocked

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Post  purplekale on 3/31/2018, 11:52 am

Thank you for the additional info, Beetles.  I have other pictures, but can't make out enough details in those either.  I will continue with my relocation plan with maybe a more permanent one way ticket. ;-)
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