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False Codling Moth

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

False codling moth
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False codling moth, adult male dorsal


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  • YouTube - False Codling Moths

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

    • Special Note: Video is in Afrikaans with English subtitles.

Selected Resources

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