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Species Cydia pomonella - Codling Moth - Hodges#3492

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Tortricoidea (Tortricid Moths)
Family Tortricidae (Tortricid Moths)
Subfamily Olethreutinae
Tribe Grapholitini
Genus Cydia
Species pomonella (Codling Moth - Hodges#3492)
Hodges Number
3492
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Author: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Explanation of Names
From Latin: probably either from pomum ("apple") + -ella ("little") with an n inserted to avoid having a and e together, or from Pomona, the goddess of fruit trees, + -ella ("little")
Size
Forewing length 7.5 - 10 mm (1)
Identification
Adults - brown with a bluish pattern consisting of parallel striae, and the ocellar patch is coppery brown with transverse bars edged by black (1)
Habitat
Occurs everywhere apples are grown, even isolated trees in urban yards (1)
Season
April through November (2)
Food
Larvae feed on apples, pears, stone fruits and even walnuts (1)
Life Cycle
Winter is passed as prepupal larvae in tough cocoons affixed to tree bark or ground litter. Adults emerge in spring to oviposit on new leaves or very young fruit. Larvae enter the fruit to lodge in seed capsules, and at maturity tunnel out again, leaving conspicuous holes that rot. Two to four generations per year (1)
Remarks
Introduced to North America in colonial times and reaching the Pacific coast by 1872. One of the most notorious lepidopterans worldwide that will destroy 95% of apples in any given orchard if left unchecked. Likely native of Eurasia, introduced into Europe centuries before its discovery (1)