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Palm-Leaf Skeletonizer

The palm-leaf skeletonizer is a moth, the larvae of which feeds on many varieties of palms. They form dark tube-like structures on the underside of the leaf and eat leaf sections between veins. The resulting damage looks much like a leaf "skeleton." The best control for this pest is to detect its presence early. Washing the larva and its tubes off with a wet sponge or high-pressure hose may prevent further damage.

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