Apple Looper Caterpillars

Looper Caterpillars, which are from the moth family, attack all fruit trees. They grow to about 35mm long, and have a distinct looping action when they move. They are more abundant in warmer weather.

Plant Parts: Leaves

Season: Spring - Summer

Symptoms: The eggs can be found on the under-surfaces of the leaves. They attack foliage and as they grow move up the plant. Sometimes attacking flowers and fruit parts.

Control: They can be removed by hand or if you decide to spray, you can use a product called 'Carbaryl'. Do not harvest any fruit for at least 3 days after application. Read all directions on the packaging. Check with your local nursery for other treatment suggestions.

Prevention: Encouraging beneficial insects to your garden will help control this pest.

References: Department of Primary Industries WA. and the Fruit Salad Tree Team.

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