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 A is for apple

Good Bugs, Bad Bugs

Although a honeybee is a beneficial insect for the orchard, some insects can wreak havoc. Growers try to protect their orchards from these pests. There are about one hundred species of insects that feed on apple trees and fruit in the United States.

Over 46 of these species have a strong negative impact on the apple industry. The two most potentially dangerous pests, in Washington, are the codling moth and apple maggot. If not held in check, these pests will eat apples - as well as profits.

Although evidence for apple maggots has not been found in commercial orchards in Washington State, the Washington State Department of Agriculture monitors the traps they set each year, to make sure they don't arrive.

The codling moth larva eats its way into the center of the apple, feeds on the seeds and core, then tunnels its way out of the fruit. Sprays can be applied to the orchard to kill the coddling moth after the full bloom. Just make sure there are no bees in the area.

Ever heard of a worm in an apple? The worm is actually an insect larva.

 apple maggot

 coddling moth


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