- a small, olethreutid moth, Carpocapsa pomonella, the larvae of which feed on the pulp of apples and other fruits.
Origin of codling moth
First recorded in 1740–50
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Examples from the Web for codling moth
My trees are troubled with tent-caterpillar, bud moth, and twig-borers, and my apples with codling-moth.
I spray after the petals fall, using Paris green for codling-moth, and believe I have reduced them.
I spray just after the blooms fall with London purple, and think I have reduced the codling-moth.
My trees are troubled with both round- and flathead borers, and my apples with codling-moth.
Spray for codling-moth ten days after the apple is formed, and believe I have reduced their number.
- a tortricid moth, Carpocapsa pomonella, the larvae of which are a pest of apples
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