Strawberry Crown Moth
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Common names: Strawberry Crown Moth
Scientific name: Synanthedon bibionipennis
Region: This Caterpillar is found throughout North America.
Life cycle: This insect produces one generation each year and the larvae overwinters in strawberry crowns.
Physical Description: This 1/2 inch long caterpillar is white to yellow or pink with a brown head. The adult moth is black and yellow with clear wings that span 1 inch. The eggs are laid on the underside of the lower leaves in midsummer.
Feeding characteristics: This pest attacks blackberry, raspberry, and strawberry plants by boring into the crowns causing the foliage to yellow. This damage can weaken an older plant and kill a young transplanted plant.
Controls: Remove the infested plants and destroy them. The best time to do this is early spring.
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