The Light BrownAppleMoth (Epiphyas postvittana, often abbreviated to LBAM) is a leafroller moth belonging to the lepidopteran family Tortricidae. The insect is regarded as an herbivorous generalist, and the larvae can consume horticultural crops inAustralia and New Zealand.
Dr Kevin Seaton from the Western Australian Department of Agriculture and Food said the species is native to south-eastern Australia and was introduced into Western Australia in the 1960s.
“There is no evidence they cause damage in flower plantations in Western Australia although LBAM has a very wide host range. It is unlikely to be a problem in drier wheat belt areas,” Dr Seaton said. He said that there were up to three generations of moth per year depending on climatic conditions.