Cactus eating caterpillar

Paul F Austin paustin at
Sun Jun 13 10:18:51 EDT 1999

Hi y'all,
At our meeting Friday night, one of our Florida Native Plant Society
members brought a caterpillar that is eating up her prickly pear cactus.
It is about 3/4 inch long, flattened body, darkish orange with black
bands. She said they bore into the pads and eat the insides out, killing
her plants. What is it, is it native to east central Florida and how to
control it? Any help would be appreciated.tyia

Martha Steuart, president, Conradina Chapter of FNPS
Brevard County, Florida
paustin at

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