(previously known as Dicraniana pomonella)
GRAPHOLITINI, OLETHREUTINAE, TORTRICIDAE, TORTRICOIDEA
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans)
This Caterpillar is off-white with a dark brown head. The caterpillar is a worldwide pest. It is a grub that bores into the fruit of various crops, including :
The caterpillar grows to a length of about 1 cm.
The adult moth varies from grey to brown, and has reflective scales on the wings. The forewings each have a complex pattern, which is darker towards the margin. The wingspan is about 2 cms. The pheromones of this species have been identified.
It has been thought to originate from Europe or the Middle East, and is now a pest all over the world, including:
as well as in Australia including
Control of the species is possible using:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 57-58, 62, 68, 280.
Volume 1, Edition 10 (1760), Class 5, Part 3, p. 538, No. 270.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 66.
A.H. Nicholas, W.G. Thwaite & R.N. Spooner-Hart,
Arthropod abundance in an Australian apple orchard under mating disruption and supplementary insecticide treatments for codling moth, Cydia pomonella (L.) (Lepidoptera: Torticidae),
Australian Journal of Entomology,
Volume 38, part 1 (January 1999), pp. 23-29.
(updated 3 April 2013, 3 December 2018, 27 September 2020)