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Caterpillar Control in Your Garden

Lepidoptera

Caterpillars are the larvae of moths and butterflies of the order Lepidoptera. There are more than 20,000 species which occur in Australia, but only half have been scientifically named. Only about 400 of these species are butterflies – the rest are moths. That means there are almost as many species of moths in Australia as there are native plant species.

Moths and butterflies usually have proboscises to suck nectar from flowers, while their larvae have chewing mouthparts. The larvae of pest species can inflict considerable damage to plants. Luckily not all caterpillars are pests. Out of the thousands of caterpillars out there, only about 50 can be considered pests.

Lepidoptera
Lepidoptera Image above: caterpillar stage of the Oleander Butterfly

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