I'm seeing a bit of this as well. Not just for bug damage, but the size is much better too. I have a 3rd year Loring tree which produced a massive amount (compared to what I'm used to) of perfect and large fruit. I'm not sure if it has more to do with where the tree is (right next to the driveway), the variety, or luck. I lost a few to brown rot, but unlike with TangO, it doesn't spread through the tree like wildfire.
This pic shows the 3+" size that some are attaining. The size is as big or bigger than the Costco peaches my wife likes. I think this is the first time (other than maybe jujubes) she has been impressed with the fruit I'm growing.
Heavy on the tree...
I think I've got about 2 weeks before my Elberta fruit will start to ripen. It's also a 3 year old tree, a couple spots over from the Loring (also next to the driveway).
I think I really need to add some more early peaches.
My biggest/heaviest bearing peaches are all within about 3 weeks...
Contender- very soon
White River- maybe a week from now
Elberta- 2 weeks
Carolina Gold- 2-3 weeks
Until now, all I've had was a few Carmen (very nice- this was the one which got rave reviews from co-workers, when they sampled 4 kinds), White Lady, a few TangO which didn't rot and 1-2 PF1.
I also had 2 peaches about a week ago which were very good, but I lost the label on the graft. It's on the dying PF1 tree, so I'm hesitant to graft it to another stock (not sure what is killing the PF1, but don't really want to spread it). High flavor and 15-16 brix. Edit- could be John Boy, based on what part of the tree it was on, the color, and the season.