Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Codling moth

Cydia pomonella Linnaeus

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Tortricidae

Size range

  • Small brown moth. Wing span 15–20 mm
  • Whitish–pink caterpillar with dark head grows to 20 mm


  • Arrived from Europe
  • Found throughout NZ

Life History

  • Caterpillars are pests of apples and other pip fruit, feeding in the core
  • Overwinter as diapausing fifth instar larvae in cocoons under bark.

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