|'Earth Song' Rose and Caterpillar Frass|
rose caterpillar visible in the large hole in the center and presumably still happily munching away. For those unfamiliar with the word "frass", it is defined as "debris or excrement produced by insects." In plain words: insect poop. I cannot identify the culprit species since there are lots of caterpillars that eat rose buds and since I am far from expert at soft-bellied immature insect identification. My control method for this infestation, after I took the photos, was to remove the affected bud en masse and smash it under my heel. Hey, sue me, most of these rose caterpillars are unexciting small brown moths and I'm more partial to the roses, myself. Anyway, I submit this photo as the prime internet source for a photo of rose caterpillar frass for those who need a picture.
|Evidence photo related to pending cat-icide|