Thursday, February 5, 2009

Crop-eating caterpillars cause state of emergency

Achaea catocaloides rena has been identified as the insect destroying coffee, cocoa, banana and plantain farms, and contaminating water sources, across Liberia and Guinea in Africa.

According to CABI, "More than 20,000 people have so far had to evacuate their homes."

A. catocaloides rena is a member of the Noctuidae or "Owlet" moth family in the order Lepidoptera.

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[Image of A. janata caterpillar (not A. catocaloides) by Djovani. Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic.]
[Copyrighted image of A. catocaloides rena moth used by permission of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium.]


  1. Applying pesticide is not very wise decision:
    Beside all that about environmental and toxic effect on trees,
    Pesticide will kill the weak and unhealthy ones, while the strong and smart ones will easily avoid pesticide exposure. Pesticide will encourage the propagation of a strong and healthy insect generation.


  2. In the northern hemisphere it is much easier to control insect without pesticide. Before first snow on the ground. Spry the trees with dilute solutions sugar and sulfate. After the leaves( e.g. Colorado spruce ) is covered with snow. It will decompose to form highly toxic sulfide ions. That will kill the disease.
    M. Reda