I was planting eggplants before but I stopped planting because of the many pests it has here in Palawan. The Stem Borer (Euzophera perticella) was one of my many problems with planting eggplant here in Palawan.
If you’re not an experienced farmer looking at the eggplant garden would only look like they are all okay.
But on closer inspection you would see that some of the stems of the eggplant are wilting.
Last year I planted 150 eggplants on an elevated plot which was formerly a rice paddy. The plants were healthy when they were growing. I saw what seems to be a Red Lady Bug and I was really happy.
Turns out that the Lady Bug is actually a pest in the field. It was a Mexican Bean Bug that was usually mistaken for a Lady Bug. Most of them were colored orange but they also came in colors of orange.
They would lay their eggs on the bottom of the leaves, away from the sunlight and when they hatch they would eat the leaves. Though not fully.
People around the farm suggested that I spray insecticide, which I eventually gave into. We sprayed and the bean bugs left. A week after they came back.
Bad Mexican Bean Bug. Bad.
I should have sticked to the plan of spraying Oriental Herbal Nutrient (OHN) once a week to prevent this outburst. I’ll try this very soon and I hope it works.