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    Farming & Crop Protection Europea Grapevine moth

    European grape-vine moth [Lobesia botrana]

    The grapevine moth is currently the most important vine pest in Germany; the European grapevine moth occurs mainly in the temperate viticulture regions of the Mediterranean basin and the dry-warm viticulture regions in the north.


    European grapevine moth - image 1

    European grapevine moth - image 1

    European grapevine moth - image 2

    European grapevine moth - image 3

    Pest Profile

    • About the pest


      Two to three generations per year depending on the climate. Caterpillars grow from 1mm to 12mm (Picture 1). The adult moth has mosaic-patterned wings (Picture 2).

      Symptoms & Diagnosis



      Pattern of damage

      The economic relevance of the grapevine moth is related, to yield losses, which are most pronounced in spring due to damage to the inflorescences (fruitset), and to the infestation of grapes in the summer which leads to reduced quality of the must and wine due to the colonization of the wound sites by secondary pathogens such as Botrytis (bunch rot) (Picture 3).