Basil Plants

Worms on Basil Leaves

Anonymous added on August 26, 2011 | Answered

I noticed some time ago that my basil plant was being eaten by some type of worm. Then one day it was almost all gone. When I started inspecting every leaf, I came across two fat worms encased in silk. What were they?

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Answered on August 27, 2011

It is hard to say for certain what type of caterpillar these are, but Bacillus Thuringiensis (Bt) spray can quickly eradicate these leaf and stem-eating worms. It is a safe, biological insecticide. In fact, Bt a bacterium which is toxic to many moth and butterfly larvae (caterpillars) and will not harm the plants or other beneficial creatures.

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