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Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana)

The light brown apple moth is a member of the family of tortrix moths. It originated from Australia and the larvae are a known pest to plants like grapes, pears, and apples, feeding on their leaves, buds and fruits.

Light Brown Apple Moth


Scientific Classification

  • Family: Tortricidae
  • Genus: Epiphyas
  • Scientific Name: Epiphyas postvittana

Description and Identification


Initially, they are yellow-green turning medium green upon maturation. A dark green stripe also runs through the center, and two stripes goes through the sides. The color of their head also varies, dark brown in the first instar and light fawn in the later instars.

There go through six instars, reaching a length of 10-18 mm in the final stage.

Light Brown Apple Moth Caterpillar



The pupa starts off green but becomes brown over time. The cocoon is 1-1.5 cm long.

Light Brown Apple Moth Pupa


Adult Moth

Sexual Dimorphism: Present. The wings of the female are larger than that of the male. 

Color and Appearance

When the wings are opened, they are yellow-brown, with the forewing having dark brown patches at the edges. When the wings are closed, the patterns remain visible.

Average Wingspan: 0.7-1.3 cm

Flight Pattern: Erratic

Season: September–October, December–January, February–March, and April–May

Epiphyas postvittana



Females lay 3-150 eggs either on the leaves or the fruit of the host plant.

Light Brown Apple Moth Eggs


Quick Facts

DistributionNative: Australia
Invasive: British Isles, Hawaii, New Caledonia, and New Zealand
Lifespan of AdultsNot recorded
Host PlantsAlder, alfalfa, apple, blackberry, blueberry, broad bean, broccoli, cabbage, chrysanthemum, clover, columbine, cotoneaster, currant, ferns, fir, geranium, grape, hawthorn, honeysuckle, jasmine, mint, oak, peach, pear, pine, poplar, potato, privet, rose, spruce, strawberry, walnut, and willow.
Adult DietDoes not feed

Did You Know

  • English entomologist Francis Walker first described this species in 1863.
Light Brown Apple Moth Image


Light Brown Apple Moth Picture


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