green caterpillar

liz mooney asked 13 years ago
I have nearly a dozen different rose bushes in my back garden this year i noticed a green caterpillar on the leaves. They have totally destroyed the foliage which turned yellow in places and died also they have eaten a lot of leaves was i right to prune down and remove all the diseased folliage what can i do to prevent this again?

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
This was probably rose sawfly which can be greenish or yellow in colour. It is unusual and generally does not appear in the same place two years running.

There was no point in cutting down the bushes, but they will sprout again. The foliage may have turned yellow for other reasons, such as rose blackspot disease.

If there is another attack, use a caterpillar spray, or a multipurpose rose spray.