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Gaps in Moth Logic

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Science  08 Jan 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5962, pp. 136
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5962.136

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Nearly 3 years after the Australian light brown apple moth was first identified in Berkeley, California, more than 257,907 moths have been trapped in 18 counties from Napa to Los Angeles, but they haven't yet made substantial inroads into the prime agricultural Central Valley, and major crop damage hasn't materialized. Some entomologists believe that the state's farmers can learn to live with the exotic invader—perhaps with the same control tools they already use to manage other moths in the same leafroller family.