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Snapdragon pest

Cutworm inside a snapdragon

Cutworm inside a snapdragon

I spotted this caterpillar peeping out of a snapdragon.

It had the air of a pest but I gave it the benefit of the doubt while I endeavoured to identify it.

If I’m right, it’s a cutworm and certainly not something to leave loose on your snapdragons.

So I went back and found it, curled up deep in the throat of the flower, and then had a good look at it under the microscope while Clive blocked its strenuous attempts at escape.

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