Yeah! It's Bud Worm Season. Pics

Seamaiden

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Praying Mantis solves this NP. They hatch in late July but mature and feed at the end of August when buds are blooming. We've had them established in our yard for 15 years plus. Very cool looking but also killers when it comes to plant parasites. You can buy them but it wouldn't help until next year. I have seen at least 5 sitting on my plants at any one time ready to eat anything that dares to touch my babies. You also don't have to flush after spraying lol.
Aha! That explains the explosion of them that we've been seeing. :D I put one of them in my plants this morning, but now I'll just start catching them and moving them all out there.
 

fdd2blk

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I can't remember the name of those moths, are you two sure it's those that make the worms? Do you think someone who hasn't seen moths is alright? I usually have a lot of "baby hornets" out going through my girls first thing in the a.m., but these past few mornings have been getting cooler and cooler and I don't see them anymore. Now we've got praying mantises all over the place, but they don't stay where you put them.

Anyway, my buds aren't too thick yet, how common is this problem? I see a lot of threads on bud worm and rot lately and it's got me concerned.
you have all the right defenses if they do come. wasp are excellent hunters. mantis as well. i hatched out mantis eggs again this year but only saw one mantis about 2 weeks ago. i only kill the wasp that are in common areas. we have nests everywhere throughout the property that i leave alone. keep an eye out for top fan leaves close to the buds. you will see little eaten holes here and there. i have numerous species of moths attacking me.
 

Seamaiden

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I have noticed little holes on higher fan leaves on two plants, but not a lot, just a couple here and there. I also thought about putting out some wet catfood to attract the hornets and wasps back up here, I'm wondering if the cooler weather is signaling them to go underground, or what. I told Dave I want to try to collect the mantises, and maybe give them a few of Yoshi's crickets, see if that will encourage them to stay up on the deck. I haven't noticed any tiny moths, though (we also have no grass, just dry weeds for the most part).

It looks like it's gonna be a bright and sunny day today. Thank you for the info, fdd. :)
 

[email protected]

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:weed:This may be a bit long-winded, but please bear with me.

I grow outdoors and haven't had a problem with budworms (didn't even know there was such a thing until I spoke with a friend today. We're both novices :shock: at outdoor growing, but I am lucky enough to have found a knowledgeable supply store. My friend (in another state) doesn't have the same good fortune. I've been able to pass on a lot of information to him but there are still a couple of questions we haven't been able to solve. You sound pretty up-to-date with grow info,so perhaps you'd be kind enough to help out?

1. Where can BT be purchased and what is its full name?

2. What are the possible ramifications of early harvest (potential weather problems in my friend's neck of the woods (SF Bay Area).

3. General info: On many websites relative to mj I see references to "420". What does that mean?

Many thanks in advance if you're able to help a couple of novices!

P.S. I'm also not terrifically computer-savvy. I think the only reason I got this far on this site is PFL (pure fucking luck).

If you are willing to answer my questions, I'd love to have you send me a direct email. I'm [email protected]. I'm a state-licensed user/grower in Coos Bay, Oregon, so I feel secure in discussing problems online, but perhaps there are issues involved that I'm not aware of. If so, I'll cross my fingers and hope I can find my way back to this site later on. (I'm blaming ALL my problems on rapidly-advancing age!)

Now that I've looked at this site, I realize I don't know what a "thread" is. Would you educate me, please? Does it have anything to do with on-line chat rooms? I've never been in one.
If there are any security issues involved with a direct email, I understand.
 

Seamaiden

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A thread is basically a written conversation that remains more.. "permanent". There is a chat, but you have to be set up and I believe it's through the IRC networks. Pain in the ass, I used to use IRC years ago, but now I have other things I'd rather do.

Ok, onto your questions.

1. Bacillus thuringiensis. Bacillus thuringiensis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (the link is blue, click it)
Edited to add another link: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/Insect/05556.html

2. Vastly decreased bud potency. Fdd has a thread about the problems of harvesting early versus harvesting late somewhere.

3. 420: 420 (cannabis culture) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wikipedia is pretty cool, the community sorts itself out sooner or later.
 

fdd2blk

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i'm in the bay area and there is NO reason to harvest early. i've had them outside until the end of Nov. :-P:weed:
 

worble

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thanks fdd wish i know about this i hope my buds dont have catapillars in them i ordered a bottle for them if the come i pray they are not in my buds grrrrrrrrrr jeff
 

fdd2blk

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i just chased that little butterfly all over my garden. it was trying to lay eggs in my buds. i watched it. little gold thing. about this size of a nickel. i also saw a wasp checking the leaves for eggs to eat. :)
 

paullee

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Hello all, My girls have been protected by a rather large yellowjacket's nest. I see them checking the girls all the time. I never seen any bugs on the ladies so I think the bees be good!
 

CrazyChester

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Wow those are some vibrant colors on your girls there; what strain are they?
Man, I wish I knew. I got about 10 seeds form some really great pot about three years ago. I grew it last year and it was fantastic. If anybody has any idea of the strain please let me know. Does it look more sativa or indica.
 

CrazyChester

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I believe that the above plants have been protected by the spiders that live in the grape vines growing around the plant. My other plant was infested pretty bad so I harvested it about two weeks early. I'm happy I did because I lost about 3 ozs. Another two weeks and it would have been at least twice that much. Preliminary samplings of the buggy plant are really killer, I can't wait until it has cured for a few weeks. The above plant will probably finish around mid October.
 

Seamaiden

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Man, I wish I knew. I got about 10 seeds form some really great pot about three years ago. I grew it last year and it was fantastic. If anybody has any idea of the strain please let me know. Does it look more sativa or indica.
Pine tree. Maybe fir or cedar, maybe even a small redwood. That's my best guess, and I'm stickin' to it. :D
 
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