what is this pest on my Tecoma sp. hybrid ?

bobscitrus(9A)September 22, 2013

pic says it all, can't tell if the small round black things on lower leaf are bugs or eggs? Hosed it off with water until I can tell what I'm dealing with, should I use soap or oil or ??

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

The "round, black things " are the frass (poop) of the leaf tier caterpillar, a very common pest of Tecoma. Oil applications will be useless and probably the insecticidal soap, too. The caterpillars come out to feed but roll themselves up in a protective little fold of the leaves. If you look, you'll find them. I think I see a potential hideout in your picture.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 9:42AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Look for rolled leaves and squish them to dispatch the small caterpillar inside.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 6:35PM
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Thanks, I did indeed find 1/4" long tiny green caterpillars rolled up in some of the leaves.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 10:48PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Ta da! :-) Now that you know what to look for, you can squish away.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 4:17AM
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