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Codling moth (Cydia pomonella) adults are about 3/8 inch and gray with distinct bronze areas on the bottom third of wings. Larvae are found in apple cores, are pinkish in color with brown heads, and can reach 3/4 inch. Single scale-like eggs are laid on fruit or adjacent leaves.

Codling moth larva (Bessin, UKY)
Codling moth larva.

(Photo: Ricardo Bessin, University of Kentucky)

Codling moth damage to fruit (Bessin, UKY)
Codling moth damage to fruit.

(Photo: Ricardo Bessin, University of Kentucky)

Codling moth adult (Bessin, UKY)
Codling moth adult.

(Photo: Ricardo Bessin, University of Kentucky)

    

Management:

  • Pheromone traps
  • Insecticide timing based on weather monitoring and degree day models
  • Mating disruption

   

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