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  Codling Moth (Cydia pomonella)





Codling Moth | Cydia pomonella photo
Codling Moth

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CODLING MOTH FACTS

Identification
The Codling Moth originated in Europe and is a serious horticultural pest of fruit trees. The adult moth is dull grey or brown with fine mottled pattern and dark copper brown band at the wing tips. Larvae are white with black heads, becoming pinkish white with brown heads.

Size
Adult moths have wingspan of 12mm -18mm.

Food
Codling moth is a serious pest of apples and pears, and can destroy large parts of the crop. The main plants affected are apples, pears and nashi pear, and in some areas stone fruit are attacked.

Breeding
Female moths lay eggs individually on host plant leaves or fruit. The eggs are less than a millimetre and white when first laid, with dark head of larvae becoming visible before hatching. There may be from two to four generations of moths each year.

Range
Codling moth is in apple and pear growing areas throughout the world.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Tortricidae
Genus:Cydia
Species:pomonella
Common Name:Codling Moth