by Leslie Cox; Thursday; September 21, 2017
Taking a closer look at the leaves, I eventually discovered the culprit. It was a cherry slug…also known as pear slug, cherry slugworm (UK), and pear slugworm (UK). This small, slimy, slug-like creature is the larval stage of the adult cherry sawfly…or pear sawfly.
I do not think there is any differentiation between the cherry and pear slugs as both are known in Latin by the genus and species names: Caliroa cerasi. Perhaps the cherry and pear moniker is mainly to identify the host plant.
But who knows? Officially, “pear slug” is the recognized common name. I have taken liberties and called my pear slugs “cherry slugs” since they were on my aronia shrub, commonly called…you got it! It’s a chokecherry!!
by Leslie Cox; Tuesday; September 19, 2017
Ricinus communis ‘Carmencita Red’…an exotic tropical-like annual which looks positively stunning in the end-of-summer garden landscape. Be forewarned! All parts of the plant are poisonous, but especially the seeds within the spiky seed pods. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling these seeds.