[NAFEX] Unidentified Apple Pest
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Fri Apr 18 23:23:53 EDT 2008
Sounds a little like an omnivorous leaf tier. The caterpillars roll
leaves by tying the edges together, making something like what you
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On Apr 18, 2008, at 7:03 PM, John McCuan wrote:
I sent this question out in February, but I never saw it on the list
and never saw a response to it, so I'm assuming it didn't make it to
the posting. I tried to check in the archives, but I couldn't access
it. I added an update to the end
> The other day as I was pruning one of my young apple trees, I pulled
> on what I thought was just a withered leaf. It was attached to the
> branch by two white filaments, which I immediately thought were
> insect-made. As I examined it, I discovered the leaf had been sort of
> mangled. I grubbed around in it, and inside a tiny stem-like tube was
> a 1/4 inch long brown worm. Altogether I found about 20 of these on
> my 8 young apple trees.
> Does anyone know what this is? I looked in my pest ID books and
> wasn't able to find it. What do I do about it?
> I live near Atlanta, Georgia, Zone 7 if that helps.
> As I mentioned, I found that pest back in February. Today I examined
> my apple blossoms, and some petals had brown spots, and some had holes
> where some insect had apparently eaten. On one flower I found what
> looked like a more mature caterpillar of the same species that I found
> back in February. He is still brown, without a head cap. He's now
> about 3/4 of an inch long, smooth, and thin. He's one of those worms
> that when he moves, his back feet move up almost to his head so that
> his body is perpendicular to the surface he's walking across - an
> I looked on the web at a couple of insect identification sites, but
> couldn't find him. The closest I could find was something like a
> cankerworm. Any suggestions? What should I do?
> Melinda McCuan
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