Banana skipper butterfly

Banana skipper butterfly

Photo by Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental,

  • also known as banana leafroller
  • found in South East Asia, Papua New Guinea and Pacific
  • brown butterfly with three yellow-white areas on wings
  • eggs on lower leaf surfaces
  • larvae covered by white powder
  • caterpillars eat leaves and cause rolling
  • affects bunch size

High priority pest of: Bananas

Scientific name: Erionota thrax
EPPRD Category: 4
Life Form: Butterflies & moths (LEPIDOPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol