One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small, grayish moth whose larva feeds on apples.
Cydia pomonella, family Tortricidae
- ‘The light-pink worm, or larva, of the codling moth and the white worm of the oriental fruit moth hungrily feed on fruit.’
- ‘May is the time to take action against the codling moth, which attacks apples and pears, and sometimes walnuts and quince.’
- ‘Such homegrown traps usually target adult fruit moths such as the codling moth.’
- ‘These pests are almost certainly the caterpillars of the codling moth.’
- ‘To fight the codling moth, the pesticide is sprayed on some 73 percent of apple orchards in the country.’
Late Middle English: codling from Anglo-Norman French quer de lion ‘lionheart’.
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