Sunday, 20 September 2020

False Codling Moth, Thaumatotibia leucotreta, Hall Green.

 An unusual looking Tortrix in the garden trap of Alan Prior last Tuesday night turned out to be False Codling Moth, Thaumatotibia leucotreta, just the third record for Worcestershire vice county according to my Mapmate database.

This may have emanated from one of the many Asian or Afro-Caribbean supermarkets along the the Stratford Road, close to Alan's house, as they often have the fruit and veg out in front of the shops. 

The moth's natural range is sub-Saharan Africa and is usually imported as a larva in oranges and chillies, see the DEFRA fact sheet,

Patrick Clement

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