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December 2023 / January 2024

Identification of false codling moth and carob moth larvae

SA Fruit Journal: December 2023 / January 2024

Two species of lepidopteran larvae have been recorded to cryptically (internally) infest citrus fruit in Southern Africa – the carob moth and false codling moth. By Sean Moore (CRI, Rhodes University), Pia Addison (Stellenbosch University) and Tammy Marsberg (CRI)

The carob moth, Ectomyelois ceratoniae (Lepidoptera: Pyrallidae) (Fig 1a) and the false codling moth (FCM), Thaumatotibia leucotreta (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) (Fig 1b) have larvae that appear similar, superficially. They are of similar size and both having a pink hue, at least at some stage (Fig. 2).

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