What are the small white webs on my lilly pilly leaves?

Recently leaves begun to be eaten badly. Close inspection saw not large amounts of anything which should cause the vast damage. A few very small (ie <5mm green grubs) some white webby stuff sticking leaves together - again not lots. Have see 2 green beetles like ladybeetles. Have seen one skinny bugs on new growth (there is some!!) Today think i found some borer holes which i have removed some dead wood. Most obvious damage is leaf chewed all around the edges and leaf drop. Two weeks ago i sprayed with pyrethrum based spray due to the grubs. Last week i sprayed with Dipel.


26 July 2011 08:02 AM

Hi Michelle,

Lilly pillys can be attacked by a range of pests including caterpillars. Dipel and Success will control these. Possums can also eat the new growing tips and cause massive damage especially if the lilly pillys are planted along a fence. If you have any photos of the insects please send them as this will help identify if they are a pest or a friend. Yates has a wonderful new product available - Yates Possum Repellent Spray helps protect your precious plants by deterring possums from browsing on sprayed plants.
Contains a special combination of ingredients that help reduce possums browsing on plants.
Lasts for up to 7 days or more with regular re-treatment.
Can be used on ornamental and edible plants and has only a 1 day withholding period.
The formulation was developed by Professor Lynne Selwood and is protected by a patent granted to the University of Melbourne.

Topics: Flowers and Ornamentals Issues: Pests