What type of caterpillar is eating my fig tree and how can I remove them

My fig tree is attacked by so many pests but the main one is a type of catapillar about 1cm long in clusters which strip the leaves and the skin of the fruit leaving it vulnerable to rotting and invasion of other pests. What are they and how can I kill them?? I've posted a picture. It's fuzzy but you can get the gist.


25 February 2012 12:11 AM

Hi Maggie,

These pests are the larvae of the fig leaf beetle and they feed in groups and skeletonise the leaves. They pupate in the ground below the tree. You could try Yates Success Ultra Insect Control. As there can be more than one generation a season you may need to repeat in 2 weeks. If the fig has lost some leaves try and improve the health of the plant by applying some Yates Dynamic Lifter Liquid Concentrate. It's a organically certified fertiliser, which contains seaweed, blood&bone and fish meal to help developing new roots and restoring healthy growth.

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