Thaumatotibia leucotreta

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Thaumatotibia leucotreta larva (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Marja van der Straten, NVWA Plant Protection Service
Source: IPM Images

Thaumatotibia leucotreta (Meyrick) - (false codling moth)

The moth attacks fruits of citrus, guava and other crops in sub-Saharan Africa. Around 1970, it has spread to the Western Cape Province of South Africa and has invaded several important citrus growing areas there. It has been also recorded from Israel since 1984 (Hamburger et al., 2001). The larvae develop inside the fruits. When mature, they drop to the ground for pupation. The feeding damage causes premature fruit drop and postharvest decay.

The species is of major quarantine concern in other regions, especially the threat that it may spread through the trade of fruits. The larvae are frequently intercepted by quarantine in Europe and North America and a male moth has been trapped in California in 2008 (Gilligan et al., 2008).

Vernacular names
• English: false codling moth
citrus codling moth
• Español: gusano falso de la manzana
• Français: faux carpocapse

Argyroploce leucotreta
Cryptophlebia leucotreta

For a review and diagnostic procedures see the respective EPPO datasheet (2019).