Are these Dangerous
Hi, I am Aalok from Mumbai, India. I have a balcony garden in my apartment. Last Week, I found a group of caterpillars (attached photo) on my Zephyrantes plant. Are these dangerous? I dont want to kill or harm these little fellows. If they are butterfuly caterpillars then, I would keep them as they are and let them fly off when they are ready. Please help as I have a toddler at home and would not want to hurt her too.
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
I am not familiar with the caterpillars from your area, but many of them do consume plant matter, and many are also toxic if eaten. I would recommend deterring them, especially since there is a child present. I must watch my plants as well. I have two children, and am always removing insects, and mushrooms that come up.
Neem oil is a very safe way of keeping insects away. Just make sure to spray OUT of direct light, as it will intensify light to the leaves. This may cause the plant to burn. Once it is dry, you can return the plant to the sun if needed.