Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
Fact Sheets
Poinciana looper moth (251)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • Narrow distribution. Southeast Asia, North America (Hawaii), Oceania. On poinciana, Acacia, Cassia and Leucaena. An important pest.
  • Egg on leaflets; at first, caterpillars feed together, later solitary, up to 7 cm, with “neck” region behind a large head, and white band along the back. Adults are brown, with wavy lines on wings.
  • Damaging: frequent stripping of leaflets causes dieback, and loss of vigour and encourages borers.
  • Cultural control: it is possibly that weather is more important than natural enemies.
  • Chemical control: Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) is effective but likely to be uneconomic in most situations.

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