Growers in the Mareeba district are disturbed by the recent detection of an exotic moth, never before seen in Australia. The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries recently alerted industry and growers to the detection of the Mango Shoot Looper. Several of these have been found in Mareeba, Mutchilba and Biboora.
The Mango Shoot Looper is a species of moth (Perixera cf. illepidaria) native to several parts of Asia. Heavy infestations can cause leaf defoliation, resulting in reduced photosynthesis. Their larvae feed on mango tree leaves.
FNQ Growers president Joe Moro said DAF was carrying out surveillance activities to assist response strategies and advice. "We are home to the largest mango growing region in Queensland and one of the largest in the Australian industry. Our industry is worth more than $55 million and makes a considerable contribution to the region. Our harvest is just around the corner, so naturally growers are wanting information about what chemicals they are permitted to use to control the moth, and what happens to the moth after crop flowering is finished.”