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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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Not native to Florida
This is a problem invasive species that threatens native plants of the Opuntia genus. The cactus moth lays it's eggs on prickly pear cacti, and after hatching the larvae burrow into the cactus pads. As they feed on the cactus the frass is pushed out of the pad appearing as an ooze that drips down the cactus piling up on the ground. More information on cactus moths can be found at the University of Florida IFAS web site.Tweet