Exists a caterpillar that attacks geraniums, his name is Cacyreus Marshall. Today we want to tell you all about her.
One of the first times it was seen was in 1978 in the United Kingdom. At that time it was discovered that it was a butterfly, very common in different areas of South Africa, which was unknown in the European continent.
It is estimated that I arrived in the old continent through some shipment of plants. Years later, at the end of the 80s, it began to be seen in the Balearic Islands. Its expansion was rapid for two reasons: for the amount of geraniums that were seen in southern Europe and for the absence of predators that made the butterfly an appetizing food.
Unfortunately in a short time the caterpillar has come to attack the plants in a difficult way to control. The Cacyreus Marshalli is a small brown butterfly in the upper part of the wings and lighter brown in the lower part of the wings.
He has the habit of constantly flying over the plant looking for a partner or laying eggs on the leaves or in the flower buds.
Every time the butterflies pose lay an egg, so that a single butterfly could lay many eggs in the garden. The eggs look flattened, very small and with a very special shape, similar to a mini golf ball.
The caterpillars are born after six days laid the egg, when it can begin to feed on the epidermis of the stem or leaf. From that moment on, he will eat continuously and in a few days he will be large enough to pierce the stem of the geranium and thus feed on the internal tissues.
It is a rather complicated pest to eradicate, especially when it has already attacked the stems, since no product has the ability to penetrate into it.
It is essential that you watch the presence of the butterflies. An excellent alternative is to move them away until they are eliminated. The most natural thing is a swipe, although there are also some products that can help you, these should be applied every fifteen days.
If you notice that it has already attacked a stem the only solution is to cut that branch and destroy it, then place an insecticide so that in fifteen days the larvae that are in development are eliminated.
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