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Caterpillars sometimes get in amongst the spines of cacti and have a feast on the soft flesh. They are most commonly seen however on Aeoniums, where they pupate in a nest of leaves which they stick together.

Leaf edges will be chewed and their will be frass (faeces) present.


No prevention, just keen observation

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Cactus moth larvae on O. humifusaCactus moth larvae, Cactoblastis cactorum on O. humifusa
(This should not be encountered in Europe)


Sprays with insecticides containing pyrethrums will be effective

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