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Cat-facing Insects


cat facing on peach

Biology:  Overwinter as adults and move to fruit trees when other food (field crops or weeds) is not as abundant.  Feed with piercing-sucking mouthparts.

  Deep pits in fruit; water-soaked gumming on peach fruit; brown spots in tissue of apples.

  Use sweep nets in weedy areas or orchard borders; inspect fruit for damage.

Treatment Threshold: 
No threshold determined.

Degree Day Model: 

Management Considerations:
  Early-season feeding causes fruit distortion.  Injury near harvest causes pits and sunken areas on fruits and lowers fruit quality and storability.