False codling moth

False codling moth

Photo by Tertia Grove, Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Crops, Bugwood.org

  • Wide host range
  • Moth is up to 20 mm and has a triangular mark on the outer part of the wing with a crescent shaped mark above it
  • Larvae are up to 15 mm long with red-pink bodies and yellow-brown heads
  • Larvae mine just beneath the fruit surface causing premature ripening
  • Larvae spin cocoons which can be seen in soil or debris under trees
  • Dispersed long distances in fruit infested with larvae

High priority pest of: Cotton, Grains, Pineapples, Summerfruit

Scientific name: Thaumatotibia leucotreta syn Cryptophlebia leucotreta
EPPRD Category: 2
Life Form: Butterflies & moths (LEPIDOPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol