Cherry fruitworm

Grapholita packardi

The cherry fruitworm (Grapholita packardi Zeller) is widely distributed throughout the northern two-thirds of the united States where it feeds on a number of host plants including apple, cherry, blueberry, rose, and hawthorn (Chapman and Lienk 1971). This species is fairly common in North Carolina. Larvae of the cherry fruitworm are smooth caterpillars with brown heads, three pairs of thoracic legs, and several pairs of short, fleshy abdominal legs. They are pink to reddish in color.
Larvae grow to about 9 mm (3/8 inch) in length. The adult stage is a small, dark gray moth with chocolate colored markings on the wings. These moths have a wingspan of 8-11 mm (3/8 to 1/2 inch), but they are seldom seen because they are active at night and hide under leaves during the day. In North Carolina, adults emerge during April and lay their eggs on both the fruit and foliage of blueberry plants.

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