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What is this squiggly cocooned inside my sage plant?

 
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My sage plants have been chewed up bad.  No slugs as far as i know.  Yesterday I found a dozen of these among the leaves.  Any idea what they are?

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Rob, as I am not yet familiar with the fauna in that neck of woods, I can't say for certain specifically what it is, but it is likely a moth or small butterfly. The caterpillar stage is what has been eating at your all-you-can-eat buffet !

I am of 2 minds in the removal and disposal of such creatures. I don't want them eating all my plants, and so want to discourage them as much as possible; while I also don't want to kill off and out of hand the critters that will also have various benefits to my plants, such as some of the pollination duties.

Many folks aren't aware that the sphinx moth (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyles_lineata) is the adult form of a hornworm, often found decimating our tomatoes, and that the adult form is a nocturnal pollinator!  They overwinter in their underground cocoons.

I thin them out, feeding the losers to my fish pond, or the chickens when I had them. I leave at least a few to keep them at a minimal population.
 
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I call them leaf rollers, probably something like a looper
 
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Cindy Haskin wrote:

I am of 2 minds in the removal and disposal of such creatures. I don't  



One of them fell off but there are others still nestled in the sage leaves.  I figure they already ate the plants.
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