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TO THE EDITOK. Sir, —Since my last letter on the subject of fruit pesbs, I have ascertained the full history of this;. in.oth-4.fche caterpillar of which attacked the flesh of ripe apricots for the first time m New Zealand last season. The specimen of the moth-which I. sent to England was submitted to Mr Edward Meyrick, a well-known and able authority on the Micro- lepi&ptera, or small moths of New Zealand. This gentleman identified it as a species of native zorfcrix, the ctenopseustis obliqwnd of entomologists. The caterpillar of the, moth has hitherto fed on aj/'variety o,f native shrubs, but more esp^iajly on the

manuka, and the new taste shown by the caterpillar for ripe apricots is to be regretted. The colors of the moth are very variable, and it requires considerable experience to be able to distinguish the many forms of it. It belongs, to the same group'aa the cod]in moth, the plum moth, and many others, seme of •which are very destructive to fruits cultivated m temperate clhrwifes. Wlito we consider .that the apricot was introduced into New (Zealand year.s ago, it m remarkable that ip .should liave attacked the fruit for ■ the first time last season ; but the facts of the case were fully given m my last letter on .1 uly 25th, and therefore need not be repeated here. Further investigation will, however, be required to explain this development of new tautes m a single season, at, least m so many widely separated localities. If, during the coming season, fruit-growers or owners of smalt orchards should observe any insect pests affecting their trees or fruit, whether they be scale insects, caterpillars, or grubs of any form, I would feel thankful to anyone who would kindly forward any specimens to me, which would be duly acknowledged. Any -particulars respecting them would be very acceptable. By doing so we may gain (and frequently we have gained) a knowledge of their means of dispersion, and which also occasionally enables us to adopt other means to check their further spread, In any case the subject is one of great importance to any community.— I am, etc., W. W. Ssiith. East Belt, Ashburton, Stsptember 18th.

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FRUIT PESTS—THE APRICOT MOTH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2522, 19 September 1890

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FRUIT PESTS—THE APRICOT MOTH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2522, 19 September 1890

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