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Codling Moth
(John Obermeyer, Purdue University)
Common Name: Codling Moth

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Tortricidae

Pest Status: Codling moth is the most serious pest of apples, but can damage other fruits and nuts as well. The immature stage bores into the center of the fruit creating "wormy apples."

Appearance: Codling moth adults are approximately 1/2-inch long with mottled gray wings that are held tent-like over their bodies. They can be distinguished from other moths by a dark, coppery-brown band at the tips of their wings.

Life Cycle: Adults emerge in late spring and lay eggs on fruit, nuts, leaves, and spurs. The eggs hatch within two weeks and larvae feed on the fruit of their host tree. After they complete development, the larvae drop from the trees to find pupation sites in the soil.

Where to Collect: Codling moths are often found in areas that contain fruit-bearing trees, such as an orchard.