Oriental fruit moth, Grapholita molesta

The oriental fruit moth is one of the most important pests of stone fruits . It occurs in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania. Host plants include plum, cherry and apricot as well as hawthorn, quince and apple. There are between four to six generations per year depending on the climate. Populations build up rapidly in warmer springs and autumns. First generation larvae feed on shoots and may bore into fruitlets. Later generations cause damage by boring into fruit at the stem and by feed around the pit. Monitor adults using Mothcatcher or Delta traps with species-specific pheromone lures in order to time treatments as part of an effective integrated pest management programme.


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