Saturday, April 21, 2007

Light Brown Apple Moth discovered in Bay Area

(Photos from the California Department of Food & Agriculture website)

Here's a snippet from the CDFA profile:


This moth is originally from Australia, and has become established in New Zealand, New Caledonia, Hawaii and the British Isles. Its discovery in California is a new North American record.


LBAM has been recorded from over 200 plants in 120 plant genera in 50 families. Some notable trees are apple, pear, peach, apricot, nectarine, citrus, persimmon, cherry, almond, avocado, oak, willow, walnut, poplar, cottonwood, coast redwood, pine, and eucalyptus. Some common shrub and herbaceous hosts are grape, kiwifruit, strawberry, berries (blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, raspberry), corn, pepper, tomato, pumpkin, beans, cabbage, carrot, alfalfa, rose, camellia, jasmine, chrysanthemum, clover, and plantain.

If you see this moth, contact your local County Agriculture Commissioner's Office.


  1. Not sure about the moth photo but, wow....the rest are great. I enjoyed you blog and will pass it on to my husband, Michael who is the gardner and photographer in our family.

  2. Hey, thanks, Julie! The moth photo isn't mine, but it does bring back memories of having to pin insects in my college entomology classes. I did it, but felt awful about it.