oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Infesting Oranges with Larvae of the False Codling Moth, Lepidoptera: Cryptophlebia leucotreta (Meyr.)

Volume 31, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The development of certain distant markets for South African citrus is influenced by the need to overcome various phytosanitary problems. One of these is the indigenous pest, the false codling moth, Cryptophlebia leucotreta (Meyr.), which passes its larval stage in citrus fruit. Myburgh (1965) developed a cold sterilisation treatment for false codling moth larvae, but the treatment is so severe that it exposes the fruit to the danger of injury, and it is felt that some alternative to low temperature, such as fumigation, should be sought.

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