Exotic Pest Reporting
Cherry blossom moth
Cherry blossom moth (Argyresthia pruniella) is an insect pest of cherries, peaches and plums. It is a native of Europe and was first detected in Washington in 2011.
This pest is not known to affect mature fruit so movement of this organism via consumed fruit is extremely unlikely. The larvae feed on buds, young leaves, flowers, and developing fruit.This pest poses a large risk to U.S. plant health. International commerce provides recognized avenues of introduction. The cherry blossom moth is an especially serious moth for orchards that do not practice integrated pest management.