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Mango flower webworm (334)

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  • Widespread distribution. On mango, other fruit trees, ornamentals, and weeds. Probably important, but several webworms on mango.
  • Larvae web together flowers, young fruits and leaves; leaves rolled and larvae feed from inside.
  • Eggs on undersides of leaves; larvae yellowish green, with heads and first two pairs of legs black. Adults pale brown with dark markings, up to 20 mm long.
  • Natural enemies: not recorded in Pacific islands (but assumed present).
  • Cutural control: prune trees giving sprays better access.
  • Chemical control: use Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis): ensure good coverage of shoots and flowers; treat when larvae small, and when webbing first seen. Avoid pyrethroids and organophosphates: they will kill natural enemies.
Common Name

Mango flower webworm

Scientific Name

Dudua aprobola; previously known as Platypeplus aprobola.

AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
1Information from Swaine G (1971) Agricultural Zoology in Fiji. Her Majesty's Stationery Office. London; and (plus Photo 1) Soumya BR et al. (2017) Diversity and economic status of Lepidopteran insect-pest on two major varieties of mango. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies 5(3): 838-843. (; and from Dudua aprobola. Wikipedia. ( Photo 2 Dudua aprobola (Meyrick) (2013). ICAR-National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources. Photo 3 Gerald McCormack, Cook Islands Biodiversity & Natural Heritage. (

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