Eyespotted Bud Moth

Eyespotted Bud Moth

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Common names:  Eyespotted Bud Moth

Scientific name:  Spilonota ocellana

Region:  This Caterpillar can be found in northern United States and southern Canada.  Similar species throughout North America.

Life cycle:  This insect produces one generation each year.  The larvae hibernate in silky white cocoons attached to the twigs of host trees.

Physical Description:  This 1/3 inch caterpillar is brown with a shiny black head and black shields on the head and anus.  The adult moth is gray with a white band across the wings, which span 1/2 inch.  The saucer shaped eggs are clear and are laid on the underside of leaves of the host plant.

Feeding characteristics:  This pest attacks apple, cherry, pear, and plum trees, feeding on blossoms in the spring, forming webs and chews the underside of leaves and makes pits in developing fruits.  There are similar species that mine the leaves.

Controls:  handpick for small problems and use Bacillus thuringiensis for serious infestations.

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