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Codling moth


by Richard Jones

It's been a very good year for codling moths in our garden. I can't say I've seen many of the moths themselves, but it's obvious there are plenty of them.


Codling moth caterpillar in appleIt's been a very good year for codling moths in our garden. I can't say I've seen many of the moths themselves, but it's obvious there are plenty of them. Each time I cut into one of the windfall apples I am met with a crumbling mouldy brown mass of caterpillar droppings in the chewed-out core.

I can imagine this might be very tiresome for the apple farmer, and not very pleasant on the tongue when biting into a nice juicy fruit. It bothers me less, because our apples are not actually very tasty. I've no idea what variety the apple tree is. It was in the garden when we arrived at our house, 12 years ago, the legacy of a previous owner, whose only other contributions to horticultural delight were chain-link fences and concrete.

I do, however, use the apples in crumble, cobbler, jam and chutney. So I can chop and remove all the pre-chewed, frass-polluted and maggoty parts. Delicious.

This is only the second year I have noticed significant numbers of bored apples. Perhaps this is because it is only the second year that we have had significant numbers of apples at all. Maybe our straggling poorly-fruiting tree was overlooked by the moths until our high-yield crop last year. They are now firmly established.



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Gardeners' World Web User 14/09/2011 at 17:35

hello im very soory to put this on this blog...not sure where to put it,anyway did anyone watch alan titchmarsh this afternoon? if so does any1 have an idea where the hedgehog house came from,ive tried looking on itv alan web-site no luck ive rung the show they are unsure,ive looked on line and have found loads but i would really like the 1 that was on the show....can any1 help. thank you .

Gardeners' World Web User 14/09/2011 at 20:29

you can get a hedgehog house on just green. com. http://www.just-green.com/Search/hedgehog/ its a brilliant website with loads fo good ideas!

Gardeners' World Web User 14/09/2011 at 20:52

At what time in the year should we put grease bands on our fruit trees to stop this happening next year?

Gardeners' World Web User 15/09/2011 at 07:42

I think it is the plethora of birds in my garden that keeps the codling moth at bay. They (the birds) are pecking at the pearmains and the pippins now and will soon attack the Charles Ross when they redden up. They are not so fond of sour Bramleys. It is in the interests of the birds to keep the codling moth at bay so they can have the fruit in the autumn.

Gardeners' World Web User 15/09/2011 at 19:28

Every year I use Codling Moth traps, but I still get apples ravaged by these moths. The tree is too large to spray, but as I get more apples than I can cope with I am gradually pruning it to a more manageable size. Even if it means I get less fruit it may be better quality.

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