Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
Fact Sheets
Bele (Abelmoschus) leafminer (256)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • World distribution unknown. On bele (aibika, sliperi kabis, island cabbage,  Abelmoschus manihot), and other members of the Hibiscus family, including the cultivated Hibiscus rosa-sinensis and the wild Hibiscus tiliaceus. An important pest.
  • Mines caused by a moth larva making leaves inedible. Mines occur alongside veins, causing paper-thin, silvery, bronzed shiny areas.
  • Cultural control: squash the mines by hand if numbers are small; if numerous, remove affected leaves and burn; do not plant next to infested gardens; after last harvest, pull out and burn the plants.
  • Chemical control: use soap, white or horticultural oils; use PDPs (with soap): chilli, derris, pyrethrum, or neem; use synthetic pyrethroids, or systemic products, e.g., acephate or imidacloprid, but they are more likely to kill natural enemies.

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