David Madge on Carob Moth

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David Madge on Carob Moth

Dr David Madge, Senior Entomologist from the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Victoria explains the life cycle, impact and control methods for Carob moth in Australian almonds.

Carob moth Apomyelois (=Ectomyelois) ceratoniae attacks numerous tree crops worldwide and causes economic damage by feeding on fruits or nuts, contaminating them with frass (excreta) and rendering them unfit for human consumption. It has been considered a serious pest of almonds in Australia in recent years.