Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
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Banana skipper (181)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • Narrow distribution. South and Southeast Asia, Oceania. On banana, and Musa species, bamboo, coconut and other palms.
  • Eggs on underside of the leaves; caterpillars pale green with shiny black heads; adults up to 8 cm, brown with three yellow dots on forewings.
  • Damage to 60% leaf area recorded, and if it occurs at fruiting, bunch yields likely to be lower.
  • Natural enemies: wasp parasitoid.
  • Cultural control: handpick.
  • Chemical control: PDPs - chillies, neem, pyrethrum, derris (plus soap); or, if grown for sale, spinosad, or Bt, on young caterpillars, to preserve the natural enemies.

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