Hibiscus sawfly damage

In Georgia last week I found severe damage by hibiscus sawfly.  Larvae and adults were present on the plants I surveyed. The adults are active throughout the summer. The larvae feed on hibiscus and related plants. The larvae skeletonize leaves when they are young but quickly defoliate plants as they grow. Contact insecticides such as bifenthrin and orthene will kill larvae. Other insecticides such as spinosad, acetamiprid, azadirachtin and other listed here can also be used. They are not caterpillars so be sure to look for sawflies specifically on the label of the product you select. More information on this critter is here.

Adult hibiscus sawfly. Photo: S.D. Frank

Damage caused by hibiscus sawfly larvae. Photo: S.D. Frank

2017-06-30T12:18:31-04:00 June 5th, 2013|Categories: Landscape IPM, Nursery IPM|Tags: , , |

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Steve Frank
I am broadly interested in the ecology and management of arthropod pests. Herbivorous arthropods cause extraordinary damage to plants in agricultural, urban, and natural ecosystems. Understanding interactions between pests and their environment, plant hosts, and natural enemies can improve management practices and reduce pesticide applications.