Friday, July 1, 2011

The Talipot palm has a problem

Two months ago I thought the problem was fungus and I treated it for fungus. By the end of the first month the second new leaf was totally brown and I thought that the palm would die. But as the leaf grew some parts were green.

I found a young caterpillar. It was a banana caterpillar the Opogona sacchari. Does anyone know how to kill the caterpillar.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Opogona sacchari hit my Bromeliaceae

Opogona sacchari is a (sub)tropical moth that enters into countries with imported plant material and that causes damage in the covered culture of a large number of ornamental crops. Host plants of the banana borer are: Aechmea, Alpinia, Araucaria, bamboo, banana, Beaucarnea, Begonia, Bougainvillea, Bromeliaceae, Cactaceae, Capsicum, Chamaedorea, Cordyline, Dieffenbachia, Dracaena, Euphorbia pulcherrima, Ficus, Gloxinia, Heliconia, Hippeastrum, maize, Maranta, Pachira, Philodendron, pineapple, Saintpaulia, Sanseveria, Strelitzia, sugar cane and Yucca.
Spray pruned plants with Bt or pyrethrin Drench the bark and the newly emerging verticals with applications of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) shortly after pruning and periodically thereafter as needed to achieve economic control. Proper spray timing is important to achieve best results. It probably is not necessary to spray Bt on plants which have not been pruned recently. For established infestations of the banana moth, supplement the use of Bt with pyrethrin sprays, which are useful as
contact insecticides.
russ had a similar problem with my AE AE: the worm or worms were down inside. I poured diluted then straight ORGANICIDE down inside the stalks of the leaves. The next leaf that grew was PERFECT, not one worm mark.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

There are caterpillars all over the Ae Ae banans

A young caterpillar behind the brown stems.

I used organocide on the cleaned plants (as clean as possible).

The dead parts had some organocide.

Friday, May 13, 2011

A caterpillar has stared to eat my Ae Ae banana

This pup was planted on March and in one month it produced one leaf.

When the second leaf was still rolled up a caterpillar started to eat in the tip. When I cut the tip, the middle was filled with faeces. A few inches further the caterpillar was found. It was almost the size of my little finger. It was gray green and strong.

All of my plants have the problem.

That's faeces, not dirt.