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codling moth

(kŏd`lĭng), small moth, Carpocapsa pomonella, whose larva is the destructive apple worm. Of European origin, it is now found wherever apples are grown. The adult moth is gray with brown markings and has a wingspan of about 3-4 in. (1.8 cm). The 3-4-in. larva is pinkish, with a brown head. There are several generations a year; the early eggs are deposited on leaves and the later ones directly on the developing fruit. The larvae feed inside the fruit and pupate (see insectinsect,
invertebrate animal of the class Insecta of the phylum Arthropoda. Like other arthropods, an insect has a hard outer covering, or exoskeleton, a segmented body, and jointed legs. Adult insects typically have wings and are the only flying invertebrates.
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) on the bark of the tree. Apple worms also attack pears, quinces, and English walnuts. The codling moth is classified in the phylum ArthropodaArthropoda
[Gr.,=jointed feet], largest and most diverse animal phylum. The arthropods include crustaceans, insects, centipedes, millipedes, spiders, scorpions, and the extinct trilobites.
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, class Insecta, order Lepidoptera, family Tortricidae.

Codling Moth


(Carpocapsa [Laspeyresia] pomonella), an insect of the family Tortricidae (leaf rollers), order Lepidoptera. The codling moth, a pest that feeds on various fruits, is distributed in apple-growing regions. The wingspan is 17–22 mm. The front wings are dark gray with wavy crossbands and a large reddish brown spot with a bronze cast near the tip. The back wings are light brown with fringed edges.

The caterpillars damage fruits of apple, pear, peach, plum, and other trees. The fruits fall prematurely, and among those picked there is a considerable percentage of rejects. Control measures consist in clearing trunks and large branches of old, dead bark, which must be destroyed, and spraying fruit trees with insecticides. In orchards, fallen fruit should be removed. Caterpillars can be caught in chemically treated paper bands and destroyed.

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This will allow growers to more easily establish management thresholds for leafrollers concurrently with codling moths.
The sticky moth traps contain an attractant that only appeals to male codling moths.
For optimal results, it is applied early in the season as soon as the first codling moths are detected through a trapping or monitoring program.
Rather than place pheromone-emitting dispensers in trees by hand to disrupt codling moth mating, apple and pear growers could soon be spraying the pest's chemical sex attractant instead, thanks to ARS research.
1 Codling moth traps - if your apple and peartrees are plagued by codling moths each year and the fruits have burrows in them by the autumn, now is the time to hang up a pheromone trap in the trees to trap the male before he can mate with the female - stop that process and you stop the egg laying on the embryo fruits.
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In the Pacific Northwest, for example, apple growers adorn their trees with dispensers that saturate the air with the chemical sex attractant, or pheromone, of female codling moths.
The team is also working on spray strategies that will protect the wasps, tachinid flies, and other beneficial insects if use of chemical controls for other pests, such as codling moths, is unavoidable.