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Identify this pepino &amp; chilli pest

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lang starts with ...
Is this a potato moth? Checked on the net but they seemed different to this.
The larvae bores into the pepino and chilli and emerges eventually to weave a coccoon. The wingspan is about 1.5cm.

Can anyone help?

Thanks
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Charles cant spell says...
Eggplant Caterpillar, taking over Perth gardens by storm, will target; potato stalks (bores them til lthe plant dies off on top), chillis, capsicuims, tomatoes, and eggplants. It basicallay targets the Solanum genus.

I now have to net all my Solanum plants with mozi net if I dont want 3/4 of the crop destroyed. Thats in Innaloo. I also belong to a Organic Gardeners Group and most of the gardeners have been getting attached this year.

There is limited info on it, a few papers from Ag dept or CSIRO but now real answers or suggestions. I meant to contact the Ag Dept to discuss but have not got around to it yet.

Anyway goodluck I suspect it will be all over Perth in a few years.
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BJ says...
Charles,

You've got me worried now. I appear to be free of this pest at the moment but for how long? So I have done a bit of googling for anyone that is interested ...

Management ideas include:
• Avoiding continuous cropping of susceptible plants (and avoiding monocropping);
• Plant early - early season crops are less susceptible (due to the life cycle of this pest);
• Remove affected crops and skip at least one season before you plant another susceptible plant in the same area;
• Vigorous cultivate the entire area around where crops have been and where they will be planted. Cultivation needs to be to a depth of over 100mm to ensure pupae and emergence tunnels are destroyed. (This will be much more effective if your neighbours do the same thing);
• Plant ‘trap crops’ such as pigeon pea and sweet corn as sacrificial anodes; Destroy these crops 7-10 days after eggs are laid (thus interrupting the life cycle). Re-planting sacrificial anodes may be necessary;
• Plant crops that attract predators (the standard suite of predatory insects has a very moderate effect and frogs will eat the occasional critter too);
• Introduction of various viruses (heliothis nuclear polyhedrosis virus) or bacteria (bacillus thuringiensis); and
• Encourage predators, such as wasps (trichogramma pretiosum, or telenomis) – parasitism by these guys turns the eggs black (you want those eggs to hatch rather than be destroyed). You can purchase eggs of these critters! Check out www.goodbugs.org.au – and places like www.bugsforbugs.com.au (I’m not sure of quarantine restrictions importing to WA)
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Charles cant spell says...
Nice research, I cant have looked hard enough :).
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Woodsofgreen says...
Hi CCS

Looks like I have this bug in my jalapeno plant. The little critters bore into the fruit when it is full and green. Pulled one open and found a lavae of 10+mm inside.

Any ideas for treatment?

Looks like clear the patch and rest the chilli growing for a while is the best option
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