Pyramidal Fruitworm

Pyramidal Fruitworm

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Common names: Pyramidal Fruitworm

Scientific name: Amphipyra pyramidoides

Region: This Caterpillar is found throughout most of North America.

Life cycle: This insect produces one generation each year and hibernates as an egg.

Physical description: This 3/4 inch long caterpillar is bright green and is recognized by the hump near its head.  The adult moth is brown or gray with orange hind wings.  The eggs are laid on the bark and branches of trees.

Feeding characteristics: This pest will attack most fruit trees by feeding on young foliage and the green, immature fruits in early spring.

Controls: The best control is cultivation in the late summer.  Handpicking the caterpillars is an option.  The Spined Soldier Beetle may be used to control this pest.



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