Leaves eaten on Snowbush - Breynia nivosa - Knowledgebase Question

Orlando, Fl
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Question by carolynupchu
July 18, 2009
Recently my Snowbush leaves started to dissappear. It looked like something was eating them. There are now no leaves, what is my best course of action to revive the plan? Thank you.

Answer from NGA
July 18, 2009
Snowbush plants are favorites of the caterpillar or larval stage of the white-tipped black moth (Melanchroia chephise). This caterpillar is a member of the ?inchworm? family of moths, also known as ?spanworms?. Your snowbush will leaf out again if you're patient. Although control of the spanworms is usually not warranted, you can use Bt (sold as Dipel or Thuricide) next time you see them munching on your snowbush.

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