How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Seasonal development and life cycle—Strawberry crown moth

The strawberry crown moth overwinters as larvae in the crown of plants. In the spring, larvae emerge and feed for a few more weeks before pupating in the late spring. Adults emerge approximately 3 weeks later, mate, and then lay eggs on leaves or on the crown. Eggs hatch 2 weeks later and young larvae feed on roots and the crown until they overwinter and the cycle begins again.

Strawberry crown moth larva
Strawberry crown moth larva


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