Real World Gardener Green Leaf Beetle of Lilly Pilly in Plant Doctor

April 28th, 2016

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Green Leaf Beetle Paropsides calypso

One of the most planted hedges these days is the Lilly Pilly hedge.

So what happens when you have heaps of the same plants?

Green Leaf Beetle photo Martin Lagerway

Not surprisingly, pests that like that particular plant will also multiply without the help of any production nursery.

We’ve already seen an explosion in the pimple psyillid that causes those little bumps in the leaves of Lilly Pillies, but now, enter another destructor.

I'm talking with Steve Falcioni, General Manager of eco organic garden.

The Green Leaf Beetle itself is 5mm long, bright green and shiny.

Not just a pest, but a native pest found originally in the north-east of New South Wales and that now has found an abundance of food in our gardens and has been known to defoliate a row of plants almost overnight.

Lilly Pilly Hedge

It firsts starts off as only the edges of the leaves being chewed out and in some cases progresses to the central mid-rib of the leaf.

Then when plants are inspected there’s no sign of what did the eating because the beetle has gone underground or perhaps even flown to another tasty Lilly Pilly hedge.

You can try inspecting your hedges for the juvenile or larvae of the Green Leaf Beetle that are pale green and glossy, 2 cm long and look similar to a stretched out curl grub.

If you have any questions about the Green Leaf Beetle or have some information to share, drop us a line to or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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