Codling moth (CM), Cydia pomonella (L.), is a major pest of apple, pear, and walnut in North America. In Montana, moths emerge from pupae in spring, mate, and lay eggs. Larvae hatch, burrow into fruit, and feed on the developing seeds. Mature larvae exit fruit, travel down the trunks of trees to spin cocoons and either overwinter or pupate after a few weeks to produce a second generation of moths in late summer.
MSU-WARC Monitoring Updates
WARC has been tracking biofix at the sites listed in the table below. Biofix is defined here as the first sustained moth capture in spring—when two or more male codling moths are caught in a pheromone trap on two consecutive nights.
|Location||Biofix 2019||Biofix 2020|
|Anaconda||no moths caught||no moths caught; predicted: 5/30|
|Big Timber||6/4||no moths caught; predicted: 5/19|
|Columbia Falls||no data||5/27|
|Lodge Pole||no moths caught||no moths caught; predicted: 5/16|
|Red Lodge||no data||no moths caught; predicted: 6/26|