Observations on some insect pests of woody ornamentals: black olive caterpillar, geiger tree tortoise beetle and cycad aulacaspis scale in naples, florida

Doug L. Caldwell


Observations over the past 4.5 years fill in some basic gaps on the biology of the black olive caterpillar, Characoma nilotica (Rogenhofer) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) and the Geiger tree tortoise beetle, Physonota (Eurypepla) calochroma floridensis (Blake) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). An update on the new systemic insecticide, Safari[tm] (dinotefuran from Valent U.S.A. Corp.) for management of the cycad aulacaspis scale, Aulacaspis yasumatsui Takagi (Hemiptera: Diaspididae) is included.


black olive caterpillar; characoma nilotica; noctuidae; bucida buceras; geiger tree tortoise beetle; physonota (eurypepla) calochroma floridensis; chrysomelidae; cordia sebestena; safari[tm]; dinotefuran; systemic insecticide; cycad aulacaspis scale; aulacaspis yasumatsui; diaspididae; cycas rumphii; cycas revoluta

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283