pink moth devastation

sassyo(Z5, Mo.)August 19, 2007

Can anyone tell me how to get rid of a pink moth that is stopping the blooms on all my salvias.The blossoms are all enclosed in eggs cases with the poop of the worms everywhere. Thanks,sassyo

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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

I've never heard of this type of moth. Can you post some digital images? Are the flowers being attacked fully open, or just in bud? Are any other plants being attacked, and are both old world and new world sages being attacked?

    Bookmark   August 19, 2007 at 11:41AM
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CA Kate

Have you tried spraying with BT?

    Bookmark   August 20, 2007 at 3:34PM
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CA Kate

A new thread by Rich had me going to the CA Dept of Agri. to see what it looks like. I was wondering if this is the same critter eating your blooms.

Here is a link that might be useful: CDFA

    Bookmark   August 22, 2007 at 12:11PM
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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

The Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) in the USA only in the San Francisco-Bay area and a recent neighborhood breakout under ground control in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Don't panic. Check with your state and USDA-APHIS web sites on the status of the pest. Don't punish nurseries needlessly.

Here is a link that might be useful: USDA - APHIS Light brown apple moth

    Bookmark   August 22, 2007 at 1:20PM
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