False codling moth

False codling moth is a + 18 mm large moth belongs to the leaf rollers and belongs to the regions south of the Sahara in Africa.

Also known as:
Citrus codling moth
Orange codling moth

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False codling moth, photo: Museum Victoria - CC BY-3.0 au

False codling moth (Thaumatotibia leucotreta). This + 18 mm large moth belongs to the leaf rollers and originates from the regions south of the Sahara in Africa. This moth has come unfortunately to Europe with roses grown in Africa (Kenya). In Europe, bell peppers are a favorite of this exotic moth and can cause a lot of damage, especially in greenhouse horticulture. In Africa, the false codling moth found on fruit trees (especially citrus), maize and oak trees.
The false codling moth does not survive frost; however, increasingly mild winters due to climate change may mean that this exotic moth settles in our temperate regions.
The European Commission has approved the false codling moth put on the quarantine list. This means that strict measures are taken if the moth is found in greenhouses.

Affected plants

  • Bell pepper
  • Citrus trees
  • Maize
  • Oak tree

Control

Difficult to control; once there are holes in the peppers and larvae are found, recovery is no longer possible.

Prevention

Does not apply.

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