False Codling Moth

Pest: False codling moth (Thaumatotibia leucotreta)

Pest Type: Insect Pest

Major Identifying Features: This species can be confused with codling moth and should be inspected by a professional who is familiar with the arrangement of setae on the larvae

Life Cycle: Complete metamorphosis, 4 stages (egg, larva, pupa, adult), life cycle ranges from 30 to 174 days, produces 2-10 generations per year, females produce pheromones at night to attract males, lay eggs on host plants in batches or single eggs, mature larvae spin cocoons and pupate before they emerge as adults

Pest Rating: Minor to moderate

Management Rating: Easy to moderate

Host/Season/Outbreak Information: Hosts include stone fruit, avocado, citrus, corn, cotton, macadamia, it is not currently known to be present in the USA.

Damage Information: Damaged fruit by larvae can develop secondary diseases, brown spots and brown frass can be visible signs of infestations, sometimes it is hard to see that fruit is infested

Management Options: Contact a local inspection office

Sources:

USDA Stone Fruit Commodity-Based Pest Survey

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