15 December 2005

A Slug is eating our Quince tree

Our Quince tree (a member of the pear family) is having its leaves skeletonised. This little slug like thing is having a feast. It is a "Pear Slug" (scroll down on the link). Actually it isn't a sluig - it's the larvae of the sawfly, a pest introduced into Australia in 1891.
It's an ugly thing. The fat end is the head. You can click on the picture for more detail. We're spraying it with some natural pesticide which should hopefully knock it off.

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