Step-Up Scouting for European Pepper Moth

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You may have European pepper moth in your nursery and not know it. They are hard to find because they hide in webbing on or below the surface of potting media. They create symptoms often confused with drought or root disease like wilting since they can girdle stems.

European pepper moth larva. Photo: SD Frank

European pepper moth larva. Photo: SD Frank

Danny Lauderdale, Area Specialized Agent-Commercial Ornamental Nursery & Greenhouse, Eastern Region, has been trapping European pepper moths with commercially available phermone traps and reports capturing adults April 22.

Here is a previous post with more information. As this pest becomes well known more people will discover it is present in their nursery or even in shipments from further south where it first became a prominent nursery pest.