FWL: 7.0-11.0 mm
Adults are grayish brown with indistinct black, brown, and gray markings. Many individuals have a black patch near the apex of the forewing that may extend to the termen. Male genitalia are characterized by a triangular cucullus with a row of dense spines. Female genitalia are characterized by a ductus bursae that is partially sclerotized and two thornlike signa.
Adults appear similar to other Grapholitini, including Cydia torostoma, which feeds on beans in Central America. A genitalic dissection may be necessary to confirm identity.
Late instar larvae are approximately 18 mm in length with a whitish abdomen. The head, prothoracic shield, and thoracic legs are brown. Abdominal pinacula are large, brown, and conspicuous. An anal comb is absent.
Larvae are similar to many species in the Cryptophlebia-Ecdytolopha group, with an enlarged L-pinaculum on the prothorax that extends beneath (and usually beyond) the spiracle. Adamski and Brown (2001) hypothesize that Cydia fabivora is placed in the wrong genus based on this and other characters.
Larval damage to beans is similar to that caused by Crocidosema aporema; however, larvae of C. aporema feed primarily on young leaflets while those of C. fabivora feed in the stems and pods. An anal comb is present in C. aporema but is absent in C. fabivora.
Other bean-feeding tortricids in South and Central America include Amorbia spp., Cydia torostoma, Lusterala phaseolana, and Platynota spp.
Cydia fabivora completes several generations per year. In areas where host plants are available year-round, adults may be present at any time.
Females lay eggs on the leaves, petioles, stems, flowers, and pods, of soybean; oviposition behavior varies with plant age. Larvae tunnel into the petioles, stems, or pods, sometimes causing considerable damage. Larvae may also feed on terminals and flowers. Pupation occurs in cocoons at the larval feeding site.
Larval damage is characterized by stunted plants, pod loss, or complete plant death in the case of tunnelling in the main stem.
Cydia fabivora is a pest of beans (lima beans, string beans, soybeans) in Central and South America.
|Family ||Genus/species ||Common name|
|Fabaceae ||Glycine max (L.) Merr. ||soybean|
|Fabaceae ||Phaseolus lunatus L. ||sieva (lima) bean|
|Fabaceae ||Phaseolus vulgaris L. ||kidney bean|
|Fabaceae ||Phaseolus L. ||bean|
Cydia fabivora is widely distributed in Central and South America.
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