Blake Wilson, Gravois, Kenneth
The West Indian canefly has been known to be a damaging pest of sugarcane in Jamaica and other parts of the Carribbean. The insect pest was first reported in Louisiana in 1944, with major outbreaks in 1969, 1997, 2012, and 2016. Outbreaks in Louisiana sugarcane may be related to warm winter temperatures without a hard freeze.
The canefly is a sap feeder and will excrete honeydew after feeding on the leaves. Sooty mold soon develops by fungi that feed on the honeydew.
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