About 2 weeks ago, they were about 1 1/2 inches long, and someone suggested that they might be tent caterpillars.
Well, one of our sunflowers is playing trap crop to a host of caterpillars. It looks like the mother butterfly layed all her eggs in one basket, as it were. We haven’t found any caterpillars on the surrounding plants except one.
I noticed the leaves of the sunflower had all turned brown, and upon closer inspection found the following. The question is, to let them continue as is, or uproot the stalk? On the one hand, since they seem so happy there, perhaps they will leave the other plants alone. On the other hand, the destruction is so complete, could this affect the other plants in our garden?
What do YOU think?