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    Runtpuppy is offline Seedling
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    Default Bug ID Please?

    Today has been a buggy day. In the morning, I found this little fellow on a strawberry plant.

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    And now, when I went to squash aphids on the dwarf raspberry (it's a never-ending battle, but I saw a ladybug on it yesterday so hope springs eternal), I saw these things on the underside of a couple of leaves.

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    The Transparent Bug
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    What are these? Friends, foes, neutral? Should I squash them? Should I squeeze them and hug them and call them George?

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    Not sure about the first two but the third one is a hover fly larvae. Guard it with your life they eat huge numbers of green fly.
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    The first looks like a knot grass moth caterpillar Knot Grass Moths - Acronicta rumicis - UK Safari
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    The first one might be brown-tail moth caterpillar, in which case it's eating your strawberry leaves. Handle with care, those hairs are nasty.

    I think the second and third are larvae of different hover flies, in which case they are eating greenfly.
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    Hoverfly larvae?! Oh yayyyy! I'm doing my happy dance! Finally something that will eat those effing green vampires.

    Having searched and studied images of brown-tail moth caterpillars and knot-grass moth caterpillars, I am leaning towards knot-grass. Either way, I guess I should move the little fella from the strawberries, right?

    Thank you so much, everyone!

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    Photo 1 drinker moth caterpillar
    Photo 2 I think it's a hairstreak caterpillar but I don't which one.
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    SP, I searched for images of drinker moth caterpillars, but they seem brown while this fellow was black. I think knot grass looks most likely so far.

    I also looked up hairstreak, and you might be right... I haven't seen any butterflies in my back garden, but I'd be pretty chuffed if they're laying eggs there! I mean, we have sawfly larvae by the millions on my gooseberry, so why not butterflies as well :P

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