Wingspan of 18-24 mm. Forewings predominantly grey with black markings. Hindwings whitish with a greyish-brown border. Vein 5 present in hindwing
Length of 15-18 mm long when fully grown. Body dark grey or pinkish to a dull reddish ochreous. Head & prothoracic shield brown edged with black.
Laid on developing pods or calyxes of developing fruit.
Southern Europe, North Africa, South Africa, parts of Asia and the USA.
A range of different plants including Carob, dates, figs, almonds, pomegranate and citrus. Also a pest of stored nuts.
Larvae bore into developing fruits and pods to feed on the pulp. Larval feeding can cause premature yellowing of fruit and early drop. Infested fruits secrete a sticky gum. Webbing and frass are signs of infestation in storage.
1-5 (climate dependent)