This bug is native to mainland Australia. It is a greenish brown flying insect that is about 2-3 mm long. When squashed it has a very distinctive sweet odour.
Plant Part: Blossoms
Season: Winter – Spring depending on your climate and apple variety:
ALL Climates (Late June – early July) COLD Climate (Sept-October) just after budswell.
Symptoms: The bug feeds by taking sap from the blossoms and young fruit. This causes scarring and dimples when the fruit develops.
Control: Put some sticky traps out around the tree if you are worried about this bug. This pest is generally not the type to hang around every year.
Prevention: You can use a pest repellent, but we would recommend avoid unnecessary spraying. As applying insecticides while your apple tree is in blossom can have a negative effect on bees, instead attract beneficial insects to your garden to help keep this pest at bay.
Resources: NSW department of Primary Industries, Department of Agriculture & Food, Western Australia and of course our FST team.
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