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The False Codling Moth (Thaumatotibia leucotreta or FCM) is a threat to many fruits, vegetables and other crops. Increased international trade and tourism has increased the risk of introduction of this pest. False Codling Moth can survive in climates described as tropical, dry or temperate.

This moth can produce six generations a year. Its larvae are internal feeders.

 Newly emerged caterpillars may wander on the surface of the fruit before entering. Caterpillars bore into fruit, thereby leaving it unattractive for consumption and allowing for the introduction and growth of bacteria and other microorganisms.

 Infested fruit generally drops before harvest; however, infestations that occur near fruit harvest may not be detected and infested fruit may be subsequently packaged for export, a single egg can eliminate an entire shipment!

The false codling moth feeds on more than 100 host plants, fruit trees, field crops and other plants.

Host plants include:

  • Apricot

  • Avocado

  • Banana

  • Cacao

  • Cherry (all varieties)

  • Citrus

  • Coffee

  • Cotton

  • Corn

  • Eggplant

  • Eggplant

  • Grapefruit

  • Grape

  • Hibiscus

  • Lemon

  • Lima bean

  • Lime

  • Macadamia nut

  • Mango

  • Tomato

  • Walnut

  • Oak

  • Okra

  • Olive

  • Peach

  • Pepper

  • Persimmon

  • Plum

  • Pomegranate

  • Prune

  • Tea

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