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Zone Punchbowl NSW | scsmercantile added on November 7, 2015 | Answered

Help! Lilly pilly leaves being chewed by Paropsides calypso (Identified from the internet). How do I control?

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on November 9, 2015

I have been able to find no information on how to control the Paropsides calypso beetle, which is invading the Lilli Pilli hedges that are in your region.

The beetle was identified by Dr. Chris Reid, an Entomologist and Leaf Beetle expert at Austrailian Museum in Sydney.

The eggs are laid on the leaves or leaf buds and the green larvae remain solitary.

Pupation is in the soil at the base of the plant.

The adults and the larvae feed on the leaves and will completely strip the plants.

Removal of the plant is the only actions know at this time.

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