Cydia lobarzewskii

Small fruit tortrix

General

The small fruit tortrix (Cydia lobarzewskii), is a pest of apple, damson, plums and cherries in central Europe.

Life cycle and appearance of Small fruit tortrix

The adults have a wingspan of 13-14 mm with mainly greyish brown or dark brown to blackish forewings and dark greyish brown hindwings. The larvae are up to 12 mm long; body pinkish above and whitish yellow below; head reddish brown.

Adults occur in May and June. The eggs are laid singly on developing fruits and the larvae feed within the fruitlets throughout July. When fully grown they leave the fruit and spin a cocoon in a sheltered place on the trunk of the trees to overwinter. They pupate in spring. Under favourable conditions there may be a second generation in summer.

Damage symptoms

The damage is similar to codling moth on apple, and plum fruit moth on plums and damson.

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