I’ve long been convinced that my insect problem is worst than most, but this is insane. It’s only March, and most of my peach trees are just now in full bloom. About the time it was getting dark I was in my orchard and noticed several of my blooming trees already were absolutely INFESTED with moths. I’m talking about HUNDREDS, if not THOUSANDS of them. Crawling all over every bloom. GOOD GRIEF! I’ve only sprayed copper and fungicide so far because I didn’t want to harm bees, and usually I don’t get a lot of bugs until shuck split. But this year obviously I’ve got worse/earlier problems.
Any idea what kind of moths these are? Honestly, these are awful photos because I had to spray a little bug killer on these to get them to be still for a photo, and it made them look a little different. basically, they are about 3/4th to 1 inch with fat bodies and are a solid, light brown color.
As the crawled over and into each bloom and went from tree to tree, it occurred to me that they COULD be help polinating my trees, but knowing how hard I get hit by OFM each year, moths make me nervous. Any ideas what these guys are, whether they are harmful, and if I should go ahead and spray my trees with pesticide while blooming considering how serious they are under attack by these moths?