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False Codling Moth

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False codling moth
False codling moth, adult male dorsal - Photo by Pest and Diseases Library
Scientific Name: 

Thaumatotibia leucotreta (Meyrick), formerly known as Cryptophlebia leucotreta (Gilligan et al. 2011)

Common Name: 
False codling moth (FCM), citrus codling moth
Native To: 
Date of U.S. Introduction: 

Not currently established; first detected outside of commercial shipments in California in 2008 (Gilligan et al. 2011)

Means of Introduction: 

Frequently intercepted on plant material arriving from Africa (Carpenter et al. 2007)


Pest of many fruit trees and crops, including citrus, cotton, and maize (Carpenter et al. 2007)

Current U.S. Distribution: 
Not currently established

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

USDA. APHIS. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey. National Agricultural Pest Information System.


University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Australian Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre. Pests and Diseases Image Library.


Google. YouTube; South African Broadcasting Corporation. 50|50.

Special Note: Video is in Afrikaans with English subtitles.

Selected Resources

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USDAAPHISPPQCPHST. Identification Technology Program.

See also: ITP Products for more screening aids

USDA. APHIS. PPQ. CPHST. Identification Technology Program.

See also: Citrus Resource
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

Plant Health Australia.

See also: Pests - False Codling Moth for more fact sheets.

USDA. APHIS. PPQ. CPHST. Identification Technology Program.

CABI. Plantwise Knowledge Bank.

USDA. APHIS. PPQ. CPHST. Identification Technology Program.

Federal Government
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
International Government
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (United Kingdom).
See also: Pest and Disease Factsheets for more fact sheets.
State and Local Government

California Department of Food and Agriculture. Plant Health Division. Pest Detection/Emergency Projects Branch.

Cornell University. New York State Integrated Pest Management Program.
See also: Invasive Species & Exotic Pests for more factsheets

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.

See also: Stop the Invasion Fact Sheet Set for more resources