Plum Curculio

Fruit-damaging insect that is widely distributed east of the Rocky Mountains and is a native of America. The name can be misleadibng because this insect attacks all kinds off stone and pome fruits including apples, peaches, pears, cherries, quince, plums and other fruits. Injury usuallyn results from attacks by the adult beetles on fruit as it forms, causing punctures and crescent shaped scars which eventually deform the mature fruit. Injury also results from female egg punctures in the fruit, feeding of larvae within the fruit, and finally from the early fall feeding of adult beetles. Spray treatments recommended and timing can be critical