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European Grapevine Moth

The European grapevine moth is a threat to America's grapes. Don't move fresh fruits, vegetables or plants.

The European Grapevine Moth (lobesia botrana or EGVM) is a significant agricultural pest throughout much of the world. It was first detected in the U.S. in California in September 2009 and fully eradicated in August 2016. The European Grapevine Moth is such a big threat because it can feed on the flower or fruit of host plants, most often grapes. If the moth attacks mature grape clusters, the berries can become further damaged through a potentially deadly infection of a fungus called botrytis, also known as bunch rot.

The moth was eradicated from California in August 2016.

All varieties of wine and table grapes.
  • Grape clusters
  • Vine clippings
  • Nursery stock
  • Grape production equipment
  • Visible adult moths: creamy white forewings with pale-yellowish overlay and deeply bluish-gray coloring. Black, yellow and light olive-brown markings are spread across the wing. The hind wing is white with a dark gray sub-basal line. The hind wing of the female is completely dark gray.
  • Visible larve: yellowish brown head and an abdomen varying from yellowish green to whitish brown or brown, approximately 9-10 mm long. Body can be completely translucent. Larvae have short and retracted antennae.
  • Brown and rotting fruit
  • Rolled leaves or clusters of inflorescences (glomerules) tied with silk
  • Do not bring or mail fresh fruits, vegetables or plants into your state or another state unless agricultural inspectors have cleared them first.
  • Never remove fresh produce from your property when your area is under European Grapevine Moth quarantine.
  • Cooperate with all quarantine restrictions or rules.
  • Allow authorized agricultural workers access to property to install and inspect insect-monitoring traps.
  • Know the quarantines in your area and learn to leave Hungry Pests behind.


What's at Risk from the European Grapevine Moth:

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