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Frangipani caterpillars are back

CARLOS ATWELL, [email protected]

Frangipani caterpillars are back

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The large Frangipani Hawkmoth caterpillar, also known as the Plumeria caterpillar, can decimate Frangipani trees as these are just about the only leaves the creature eats.

Large groups of them can be spotted stripping those trees of all foliage, with people who have them on their property often nonplussed when the hordes of caterpillars emerge.

However, Ministry of Agriculture entomologist Ian Gibbs said there was nothing to fear from the large caterpillars although they could and would defend themselves if disturbed.

Please read the full story in today’s Daily Nation, or in the eNATION edition.