A reader just asked us to teach him the name of the tiny white worms that he sometimes discovers in dried apricots. He also wonders what these little creatures turn into. This is a simple request, and we are happy to oblige.
We believe the specimen in his dried fruits is the larval form of Grapholitha molesta, which is also known as the Apricot-Oriental fruit moth. While the adult moth is grayish-brown, the young larva is creamy white. These larvae bore into fruit and feed on the flesh.
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In summary, a reader was curious about the small white worms he finds in dried apricots. These are known as Apricot-Oriental fruit moth larva, and they will eventually develop into moths.
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