Caterpillars of Roses

Disease Information


Symptoms and damage

Infrequently caterpillars (immature stage of moths and butterflies) will be found feeding on rose foliage. Damage will appear as holes or irregular-shaped areas of the leaf blade that have been eaten. Several caterpillars may feed upon rose foliage, including the corn earworm, eastern tent caterpillar, stinging rose caterpillar and puss caterpillar.


Insecticidal sprays of Bacillus thuringiensis, acephate, bifenthrin, carbaryl, cyfluthrin, lambda cyhalothrin, malathion, neem oil, permethrin, pyrethrin or spinosad will control caterpillars.



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