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what is this pest on my Tecoma sp. hybrid ?

Posted by BobsCitrus 9A, AZ (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 22, 13 at 23:32

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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RE: what is this pest on my Tecoma sp. hybrid ?

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.

RE: what is this pest on my Tecoma sp. hybrid ?

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

RE: what is this pest on my Tecoma sp. hybrid ?

Thanks, I did indeed find 1/4" long tiny green caterpillars rolled up in some of the leaves.

RE: what is this pest on my Tecoma sp. hybrid ?

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

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