PawPaw Enemies

Asimina spp. are thought to be troubled by very few pests. Birds and mammals such as foxes, opossums, squirrels, and raccoons eat the fruit. However, only one pathogen, Zygophiala jamaicensis, or flyspeck, has been reported (Nasu and Kunoh, 1987). Lepidopteran insects (caterpillars), namely, Eurytides marcellus, Omphalocera munroei, and Talponia plummeriana, have also been reported to damage the foliage (Damman, 1989; Allard, 1955).