How to Manage Pests
Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
Strawberry crown moth—Synanthedon bibionipennis
Larvae are white with a brown head. Adult
moths have a black body with two or three bright yellow marks on its thorax and abdomen. Its wings are
Larvae feed on the crown and root tissue of plants. Plants wilt and become stunted. Foliage turns red.
In strawberries, plants separate from the root at the crown line when pulled.
Remove damaged plants or prune out infestations. Clean up any debris underneath plants. Insecticides
are usually not effective.
crown moth adult
damage to strawberries by larvae