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Advice On How To Deal With The Frangipani Moth PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark Byer   
Monday, 09 May 2011 11:50

The Ministry of Agriculture has been offering advice to Barbadians about how to deal with the troublesome plant pest, the Frangipani Moth.

Also known as Pseudosphinx tetrio, the moth occasionally attacks the Frangipani tree and plant. Locally, it also feeds on Allamanda and Desert Rose.

The adults are a drab gray colour but the larvae are brightly coloured large caterpillars. They are velvety black with yellow green rings and a reddish orange head and can grow up to six inches in length.

Female moths lay approximately 50 to 100 pale green eggs in clusters on leaves of the tree. The caterpillars often appear in gardens or landscaping and can defoliate Frangipani trees in a few days.

Entomologist at the Ministry of Agriculture, Ian Gibbs, noted that there were three ways to be eliminate the moth. 

“[You] can do nothing, as after the caterpillars have defoliated the plants they will recover and produce new leaves again [or] you can remove the caterpillars from the tree and destroy them or spray the plants with an insecticide such as Perfekthion which penetrates the leaves so when the caterpillars feed on them, they will be killed,” he explained.

Further information on this plant pest may be obtained by contacting the Entomology Section of the Ministry of Agriculture at 434-5103 or 310-2821. (AS/BGIS)




0 #4 Wilma 2013-02-10 02:10
We sprayied for ants and that pesticide was successful for the frangipani larvae also.
0 #3 unknown 2011-09-09 10:50
these pests ae really annoying since the frangipany is my favorite tree ,my brother has disposed of them put taking them off of the tree and either burning them or drowning them,but when you drpwn them you must be careful with the water afterwards because usually they let out their yellowish greenish poison into it
0 #2 Non-descript 2011-07-02 02:02

I have seen one of the caterpillars for the first time and they are HUGE!!! My question is will the moths turn into those hideously huge moths we refer too as Bats?
0 #1 ashleighmorrison 2011-06-22 20:36
i saw a old lady put a pile of catterpillars on a pile of africansnails looked like a death brawl .other cut down the tree

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