Asked on Apr 13, 2012

Caterpillars in the ground

Candy RichardsonMelissa GKate S


What are the small, fat, whitish-yellowish caterpillars I keep finding in the ground when I dig in the garden? I find dozens of them every day. I don't have a picture but I can post one tomorrow.
5 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Apr 13, 2012

    If they have brownish heads and three pairs of legs, they are grubs. For photos and control strategies, see this article from the University of Georgia Extension Service: If not, post a photo.

  • Patricia B
    on Apr 13, 2012

    Sounds like a grub worm.

  • Kate S
    on Apr 15, 2012

    Japanese beetle bug larvae. Kill them when you find them by smushing them with your shovel.

  • Melissa G
    on May 1, 2012

    Kate, I just found an article on them with a picture, and they are indeed Japanese beetles. I've been doing a lot of shallow digging in our garden and I'm finding loads of them in the ground.

  • Candy Richardson
    on Mar 22, 2016

    I find a lot while I m planting my annuals. They need to be destroyed😠🤗☺️

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