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Light brown apple moth

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Light brown apple moth

The leafroller species Epiphyas postvittana, or the lightbrown apple moth (LBAM), is a major agricultural pest in many countries, including New Zealand, Australia and the USA. It feeds on many different plants, including fruit crops, vegetables and ornamentals, with the larvae causing significant damage to leaves and fruits. Each application of leafroller-specific pesticides costs growers around $100 per hectare, and the use of mating disruption can result in a reduction of up to two spray applications each year.