OFGS N9 - Caterpillar Complex

Popular term for a young insect (larva) of the order Lepidopterathe adult form of which is a moth or a butterfly. It has soft, cylindrical body composed of 13 segments besides the head. The fist three of these segments have one pair of jointed appendages (legs) each, which sets all caterpillars apart from the true worms which they somewhat resemble. The abdominal segments usually bear soft fleshy projections called prolegs usually five pairs. Caterpillars are also characterized by the presence, near the jaws, of spinnerets from which issue the excretion that hardens to form silk of which the creature spins its cocoon. Caterpillars chew on young tree leaves and buds. As pests grow they move to larger leaves, leaving behind only leaf midribs and large veins, heavily damaged trees looked scrothed. Plants affected: primarily cabbage and related plants; also beet, celery, lettuce, pea, spinach and tomato: flowers including carnation, nasturtium and mignonette.

LIFE CYCLE
Adults emerge and lay compact masses of eggs on twigs and branches of dormant trees, eggs hatch in the spring about the time the first leaves open on trees. Larvae feed for 3-4 weeks, then, crawl into the soil to pupate until early winter. Some caterpillars produce up to 4 generations per year.

DIRECTIONS FOR CONTROL
Foliar spray with penac N9 water soluble and suitable for use in conventional liquid foliar and irrigation water applications.  Dilute 80ml to 500l water.  See your agricultural dealer for further information.
NOTE: Application should take place late afternoon or at first light before sun depletes the natural moisture on foliage. Spray immediately when eggs hatched, repeat again during the larvae stage.  During this stage digging around severed plants lying on the ground, in the morning will destroy hiding larvae. When adults emerge repeat application. This will provide protection and give the plants a healthy start. Repeat as needed to control pests, paying attention to the life cycle of the caterpillar in your region.
We recommend the addition of 0.1% Agricultural Wetting agent to the final mix. This will provide fast penetration to plants and soil.

Our recommendations are believed to be effective.  Since the use of this organic blend is beyond penac and its retailers control, no expressed or implied guarantee as to the effects of its use can be given, nor liability taken.

STORAGE
As with any essential oil product, keep in a cool place, out of sunlight, and its closure tightly sealed.  Store below 25C


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