Light Brown Apple Moth
Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM)
This moth is originally from Australia, and has become established in New Zealand, New Caledonia, Hawaii and the British Isles. Its discovery in California is a new record for the Americas. Adults are light brown, yellowish moths with varying amounts of darker brown, with a wingspan of 16–25 mm (Fig. 1). Females are larger than males, and usually have less distinct markings, but often have a distinct spot in the middle when the wings are closed. Some notable trees recorded as hosts are apple, pear, peach, apricot, nectarine, citrus, persimmon, cherry, almond, avocado, oak, willow, walnut, poplar, cottonwood, Monterey pine and eucalyptus. Some common shrub and herbaceous hosts are grape, kiwifruit, strawberry, berries (blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, and raspberry), corn, pepper, tomato, pumpkin, beans, cabbage, carrot, alfalfa, rose, camellia, pittosporum, jasmine, chrysanthemum, clover, lupine and plantain.
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