Apple eaters

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Apple eaters

Post by Sandysuew » Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:06 pm

My apples were eaten this year, but the bugs that ate them, left the skins hanging! These critters were about 1 - 1 1/2 inches long, rust bodies dark wings. I thought of hummingbird moths, but these seemed larger. Spray didn't touch them. Anyone have an idea?

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Re: Apple eaters

Post by lorijones » Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:25 pm

That sounds like the European hornet. They are notorious for going after apples, grapes, tree sap - anything sweet. I have heard that they will chew holes in the apples and then eat the insides, leaving just the skin behind. These guys are seasonal and will die with the first frost. Apparently they do not reuse their old nests so hopefully you won't have the problem next year. If it becomes a problem again next season, the best thing to do is try to find the nest and carefully spray the nest.

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