Light Brown Apple Moth Control in Your Garden

Lepidoptera : Tortricidae

Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) is a moth in the family Tortricidae. Light Brown Apple Moth (often abbreviated as LBAM) is native to south-eastern Australia and spread to Western Australia in the 1960s. It has become an invasive species in several other countries, including New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, France, and California and Hawaii in the US.

The moth itself is harmless, but its larvae are not. Light Brown Apple Moth larvae feed on a wide variety of plants and is one of the most polyphagous (i.e., able to feed on various kinds of food) insect pests we have in Australia. A recent study shows that Light Brown Apple Moth larvae can feed on at least 545 plant species in 363 genera from 121 plant families.

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