Pg. 21-22 Monitoring Cryptophlebia Species (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in Lithchi Orchards

HLH Mauritius fruit and leaves were examined for the presence of Cryptophlebia eggs throughout the fruiting period. The fruit were also examined for the presence of larvae. This study was done at three locations in the Mpumalanga Province. No eggs were found on the leaves. There was an increase in infestation rate on the fruit as the fruit matured.
The infestation rate of the fruit prior to harvest was between 0 and 3. 6%. Harvested litchi fruit from Nelspruit were sorted and all the fruit with moth damage were taken to the laboratory and all moths that emerged collected. Both the false codling moth, Cryptophlebia leucotreta (Meyrick) and the litchi moth, Cryptophlebia peltastica (Meyrick) were found. C. peltastica was the dominant species.

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