If you notice the leaves on your plants are looking odd...maybe they look wilted or turned over...don’t assume, INSPECT.
After noticing that my new citrus tree’s leaves were looking wilted, my first instinct may be to assume it needs some water. But since we have had good rain, I took a closer look. And sure enough, there were several Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillars napping away until tonight when the sun goes down and they will continue munching away.
These are NOT pests and I will not kill them. If my trees were larger, I would let them continue eating away but since these are young plants, I can’t afford to let them eat the whole thing.
Instead, I will be relocating them to much larger citrus trees growing in my area where they can eat to their heart’s content and not do any significant damage to the host plant.
Sorry lizard...I just moved your easy lunch.