Cranberry Girdler
Chrysoteuchia toparia

cranberry girdler
Larvae of this moth feed on plants and have thus acquired the "toparia" name, which refers to "topiary" or the
art of trimming bushes into distinctive shapes.  This is not a compliment to this moth, however, since they
are a serious pest to cranberry growers.  Cranberry bushes are not the only plants they devour and will eat
just about anything including sod and Douglas fir.  This is a pretty moth, but very destructive.
© Carol Davis, 7-20-2008

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