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Afternoon, Could you tell me how kill this bug in picture, please

Fruit and Citrus • Pests

Hello Jason, thanks for your question. This is a case moth (often also called a bag moth, or a bag worm). These moths are even eternalised in the 1940's May Gibbs books "Snugglepot and Cuddlepie"! The 'bag' is kind of like its own mobile home, that is made of bits of plant material and spun with silk. The females never grow wings, they stay inside their case, awaiting a visit from a male, which has wings and can fly. Many of these species feed on plants, however some only feed on lichens, and some ants! Looking at your plant, there's a couple of distinctive chew marks there, so it's likely that it's enjoying some of that plant. It's really only one individual caterpillar in there, so it's not going to multiply in numbers. You can just leave it, and watch it to see what emerges! If you don't want it there, you just need to hand remove and destroy. 



Answered: 24 May, 2022

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