Tabby knot-horn moth, Euzophera pinguis

The tabby knot-horn moth is an important pest of olive groves all over the Mediterranean, in particular Spain, Portugal and North Africa. The larvae overwinter within tree bark until spring. The young larvae then bore directly into a nearby stem and feed on the tree just below its surface layer. Young larvae have easier access to trees with pruning wounds and machinery damage. Mature larvae stay within the tree during pupation, with the emergence of the first generation of adults from late March to early June, making adult olive moths long-lived. Females lay eggs singly or in small groups in bark crevices or accumulations of frass, Monitor adults using Mothcatcher or Delta traps with species-specific pheromone lures in order to time treatments and reduce crop damage.
Tabby knot-horn moth


Nature of Damage


Application Guidelines

Lures can be changed every 4-6 weeks to get the most accurate results.

Lures Handling
Pheromone lures are a very sensitive tool. They can be affected by exposure to elevated heat and direct sunshine. Direct touching by hand may cause cross contamination leading to mixed catches in the trap. Some contaminants such as Nicotine May have repellent effect reducing trap catch.

Lure Storage
Store in a cool dry place. Shelf life can vary from 3-36 months depending on the storage temperature. See Technical Data Sheet for further details.

Trap Selection

The Deltra trap is the most sensitive trap to use for monitoring this insect. However, Moth catcher may be used in dusty conditions or in high moth population density.

Trap Density

Do not re-use the trap to monitor different insects as this may lead to mixed catches. One trap for every two hectares of large scale fields of homogenous lands.

Two traps per hectare (2trap/ha) for small holdings and in field of uneven topography.

Trap Position

Place traps near the highest point of the plant using supporting posts approximately 1 meter high, or higher if the crop is higher.

Data and Interpretation

Collect data weekly from the start of the flight of the over wintering generation. During the height of the population more frequent reading may be needed. Decisions on pesticide application should not be taken solely on the trap catch data. Climatic and biological considerations should be taken in account.