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European Grapevine Moth

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European Grapevine Moth
Grape Berry Moth, Adult - Todd Gilligan Colorado State University
Scientific Name: 
Lobesia botrana (Denis & Schiffermüller) (Gilligan et al. 2011)
Common Name: 
European grapevine moth (EGVM), grape berry moth
Native To: 
Date of U.S. Introduction: 
First specimen recorded in Napa County, California in 2009 (Gilligan et al. 2011)
Means of Introduction: 
Feeds on grapevine flowers and berries (Zalom et al. 2011)


Entomological Society of America. Entomology Today.
Invasive insect and arthropod species make for a lot of scary headlines—think emerald ash borer, spotted lanternfly, and Asian longhorned tick, just to name a few. But success stories in invasive-species response are out there. They just need to be told. One of those success stories is the eradication of the European grapevine moth (Lobesia botrana) in northern California after it was found there in 2009. A cooperative, multipronged response effort kept infestations from running wild, and it was declared eradicated in 2016, two years after the last adult moth was caught in the region. The story of this effort is recounted, along with analysis of the invasion’s dynamics, in a study published in January in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America.
USDA. Blog.
Key partners and contributors in Napa County, California, recently celebrated and recognized the critical safeguarding accomplishment achieved together, of eradicating the invasive European grapevine moth (EGVM) from the U.S. The keys to success were early detection, our rapid response, and a strong collaboration between federal, state and local officials, growers, university scientists and extension services. Such partnerships remain critical to our ability to safeguard agriculture and facilitate safe trade.
Napa County Agricultural Commissioner (California).
The European Grapevine Moth (EGVM) quarantine is officially lifted from Napa County and California! The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the California Department of Agriculture (CDFA) announced the moth's eradication status on August 18, 2016.

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

USDA. APHIS. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey. National Agricultural Pest Information System.

Federally Regulated

USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

A Federal Order is a legal document issued in response to an emergency when the Administrator of APHIS considers it necessary to take regulatory action to protect agriculture or prevent the entry and establishment into the United States of a pest or disease. Federal Orders are effective immediately and contain the specific regulatory requirements.


University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.


Google. YouTube; California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Selected Resources

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European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.
Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.

USDA. APHIS. PPQ. CPHST. Identification Technology Program.

Federal Government

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.
International Government

Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

State and Local Government
California Department of Food and Agriculture. Plant Health Division.

Santa Clara Department of Agriculture (California).

Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner (California).

Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey.
See also: Pest Alerts for more pests

Cornell University. New York State Integrated Pest Management Program.

See also: Invasive Species & Exotic Pests for more factsheets

Michigan State University. Integrated Pest Management Program.

See also: Forecasting Invasion Risks for more factsheets

University of California Cooperative Extension. Napa County.

University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.

University of California. Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program.

Insecticide Resistance Action Committee.