Epiphyas postvittana (Walker),

Gilligan, Todd M., Brown, John W. & Hoddle, Mark S., 2011, A new avocado pest in Central America (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) with a key to Lepidoptera larvae threatening avocados in California, Zootaxa 3137, pp. 31-45: 40

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http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.204440

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Epiphyas postvittana (Walker)


Epiphyas postvittana (Walker)  ( Tortricidae  : Tortricinae  )

The light brown apple moth, Epiphyas postvittana  , native to Australia, was discovered in California in 2006 (Brown et al. 2010). Larvae are highly polyphagous, having been recorded on over 500 species of plants, including avocado (Brown et al. 2010). Although not yet recorded on avocado in California (M. Epstein, pers. comm.), larvae can cause economic damage by webbing leaves to fruit or feeding on the surface of fruit (Brown et al. 2010).