Spilonota ocellana Denis Schiffermiiller Bud moth

This pest is of local importance on fruit trees and, less often, cane' fruits. The larvae bore into the

Fig. 297 Fruitlet-mining tortrix moth, Pammene rhediella (x6).
Fig. 298 Bud moth, Spilonota ocellana (x6).

buds and destroy them; they also feed on the blossoms and leaves.

BIOLOGY

Adults are active from June to August. Eggs are laid on the leaves of host plants and hatch 1-2 weeks later. The larvae feed on leaves during the autumn and then overwinter in silken retreats on the bark. In spring, the larvae bore into the buds and may also attack leaves and blossom trusses, often hiding between spun leaves. Pupation occurs in late May or early June, either in the larval habitation or amongst debris on the ground. Adults appear about a month later.

DESCRIPTION

Adult 12-16 mm wingspan; forewings white, marked with blue, grey and black; hindwings dark grey (Fig. 298). Larva up to 12 mm long; body dark purplish-brown; pinacula light brown but inconspicuous; head, prothoracicplate and anal plate black or brownish-black (Fig. 299). Pupa 6-7 mm long, shiny brown; wing pads with outline darker than abdomen.

Fig. 299 Larva of bud moth, Spilonota ocellana (x6).

Fig. 299 Larva of bud moth, Spilonota ocellana (x6).

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