n African Entomology - An improved larval diet for commercial mass rearing of the false codling moth, (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) : short communication

Volume 22, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



False codling moth, (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera:Tortricidae), is endemic to sub-Saharan Africa (Newton 1998). It is a pest of citrus (Newton 1998), stone fruit (Daiber 1978), macadamias (La Croix & Thindwa 1986), avocados (Erichsen & Schoeman 1992) and various other agricultural crops. All available control methods were recently reviewed by Moore & Hattingh (2012). Included amongst these is the use of granulovirus ( granulovirus (CrleGV)) sprays, inundative releases of egg parasitoids and the sterile insect technique (SIT). All of these require production of large numbers of . CrleGV and the egg parasitoid, (Nagaraja) (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae), are produced (Moore 2011) and for SIT, the sterilized adult male moth is the product (Hofmeyr 2005).

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