Ocneria dispar (=Lymantria dispar) (Gypsy Moth / Çingene Güvesi, Sünger Örücüsü) [Caterpillar/Tırtıl] from Kızkalesi, Erdemli, Mersin - 24.05.2009.
The polyphagous caterpillars damage more than 600 plant species of 98 families. Plants of 5 families are the most preferable to the pest, such as Rosaceae, Fagaceae, Betulaceae, Salicaceae, Pinaceae, Rutaceae, Aceraceae and Tiliaceae. Caterpillars eat buds, leaves and generative organs. They eat top leaves of trees containing tannins and avoid plants rich in alkaloids, terpenes and volatile oils. Among fruit crops, apple, pear, cherry, and sweet cherry are more often damaged, as is apricot in the Far East and Central Asia. Caterpillars cause harm everywhere to all other Rosaceae, grapes, walnut and fig. Harm is also reported on maize and other field cultures. Control measures include insecticide treatments against hatching caterpillars before flowering of fruit crops. Synthetic sex attractants are recommended for pest survey.
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References: 1. WikiPedia 2. AgroAtlas.
|Created on||Sunday 24 May 2009|
|Posted on||Monday 18 July 2011|
|Tags||Mersin, TURKEY / TÜRKİYE|