Cactoblastis Larvae in Prickly Pear Cactus

Discussion in 'Garden Pest Management and Identification' started by gardentastic22, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. gardentastic22

    gardentastic22 Member

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    Hi everyone,
    I just thought you all might like to see the damage cactoblastis larvae can do. In approximately 2 months they've burrowed right down to the roots on an entire prickly pear plant. The larvae shown is what I found eating just one of my prickly pears, along side about a thousand more egg-like things inside. Scary stuff!! I also discovered that these things will attack all sorts of other cactus too, so I'm definitely on the look out for more damage on my other plants.

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