LAB: Pepper Moth PART I: Background Assessment Questions 1. I anticipate that the EPM host list will grow. Much of what is known is anecdotal observations from lepidopterists and official records from invaded countries in Europe. Therefore, some of the more effective compounds against this pest will not be as effective as one would expect. That means that everyone growing poinsettias this coming season should be looking for this moth and should consider initiating a preventative program or there may be unintended consequences. European Pepper Moth or Southern European Marsh Pyralid Duponchelia fovealis (Zeller)8. The adult moth, eggs, larvae and damage on strawberries are figured. In Virginia, it is the number one pest of pepper, Capsicum annuum L. This pest can damage over 50 percent of pepper fruit if control mea-sures are not taken. Pheromone traps are available to monitor for European pepper moth. Damage to roots and stems causes symptoms that are most commonly associated with drought or root diseases, such as wilting or stunted growth. 2D). Photos by J.A. Since 2010, the insect has been found widespread in San Diego County and has been detected elsewhere in the state, as well as numerous other states, so a move to reduce the severity of the rating is in progress. Damage: European Pepper moth larvae can damage roots, leaves, flowers, buds and fruit. The larvae tend to create webbed tunnels and protective coverings, and often feed below the soil line in soft plant media. A sprench that covers foliage and the media surface may be more effective.Â, What made it so helpful? Efficacy of selected pesticides against European pepper moth (EPM) on potted verbena. Sixty new pots were selected for each assessment, and the percentage of pots with live infestations of caterpillars was recorded. The larvae of moths can be major pests on crops such as the ‘European pepper moth’ (not to be confused with the ‘European peppered moth’) which has become a … James Bethke is Farm Advisor for Nurseries and Floriculture and Bryan Vander Mey is Staff Research Associate, UC Cooperative Extension, San Diego County. The larvae cause damage by feeding on leaves, flowers, and buds. Composite list of known host plants for European Pepper Moth (pdf) So far as known, this moth has been found in only one New Jersey greenhouse operation. Percent reductions are the percent of change from the pretreatment count. 1. The adult forewings are gray to brown with distinctive markings and a wingspan of 0.75 to 0.83 inches (19 to 21 millimeters). EPM was first detected in this country in 2005 as live larvae in a shipment of begonias from San Diego County. The larvae are cream to light brown, less than an inch long, and live in silk webbing on or below the surface of the potting media. 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James Research & Extension Center, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, Weed Management in Nurseries, Landscapes & Christmas Trees. Blacklight Trap for Monitoring European Corn Borer. Negative numbers indicate an increase in the number of plants infested from the pre-treatment count. Control measures for adults include conventional registered pesticides applied where the adult will come into contact with them. ), calathea, oxalis, loosestrife, limonium, cyclamen, portulaca, ranunculus, rose, bouvardia, heuchera, waterhyssop (Bacopa spp. European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis) has been a minor pest of hop in Michigan over the last decade.Other Midwestern states have reportedly experienced more substantial damage from this introduced moth. During the months of September and October 2010, APHIS and state departments of Agriculture confirmed the presence of Duponchelia fovealis in portions of 13 additional states including Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Washington. Very few plants contained more than one larva. You should be aware of the potential this pest has to do serious crop damage and watch for it. Send Explanation. Lance said it is found outdoors in rose production facility, but no damage as of yet. Very little research has been conducted on European pepper moth management but products active against caterpillars may be effective. The larvae can be very difficult to find but if you find webbing assume the larvae are there and keep looking. A summary of ornamental host plants from the literature include alternanthera, daisy (Bellis spp. They may be more easily detected by the presence of damage such as webbing in leaves or soil surface, frass, or feeding holes on … In some crops, such as roses, they will feed primarily on crop debris such as fallen leaves. Proliferation of the population can occur without notice. Based in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, we reach millions of The European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis (Hubner) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), is a significant pest to over 200 different plant species. 2D). The majority of the larvae were in late stages, and we observed that about 2% of the plants contained pupae. They were potted in Latvian peat in 4-inch pots. North Carolina citizens each year through local centers in the state's 100 counties NC State Extension Area Specialized Agents have trapped them in nurseries from the mountains to the coast. The female lays eggs singly or in masses of 3-10 overlapping each other, onto the undersides of leaves, at the base of the host plant, or in the upper region of soil. The larvae were exceptionally well protected under leaves, in webbing and between leaf and soil surfaces. NC State University and N.C. A&T State University work in tandem, along with federal, state and local governments, to form a strategic partnership called N.C. Why are these moths called "peppered moths"? In contrast, the larvae are very difficult to contact with pesticides, and stomach poisons do not always reach the feeding site. Using the information from the background above, answer each of the following questions for Life Cycle of the Peppered Moth: a. b. A preventative treatment of Bt or spinosad on smaller plants and cuttings will kill early instar larvae as they hatch and begin to feed, but the pesticide has to be applied at the feeding site. The female moth lay eggs singly or in small egg masses similar to European corn borer on the underside of leaves and upon hatching the larvae descend into the soil feeding on roots and stems of both woody and herbaceous host plants. Mature larvae pupate inside a cocoon composed of webbing and soil particles (fig. Symptoms: The European pepper moth can be detected by looking for the insect in any of its stages, although they are usually concealed. There is little scientific literature from which to develop a life history. An additional aid to effective treatment applications would be to trim off the leaves that lie on the soil surface: there will be less shelter for larvae and better pesticide coverage. Larvae mature in about 4 weeks. At a great cost to the company, it took approximately two weeks of intensive treatment applications and the destruction of mature plants in order to release portions of the crops for sale and distribution. In other crops, chewing damage may be seen on the undersides of leaves, resulting in leaf necrosis (dead spots), and on stems where it sometimes results in stem girdling. European Pepper Moths have become notable greenhouse pests in northern Europe and Canada for the cut flower, vegetable, and aquatic plant industries. Insecticide timing for borer control in pepper • First spray: – within 1 week of surge in trap catch – when >1 moth/night in trap – usually late July • Spray schedule: – spray every 7 days (range 5 - 14 days) – during time moths active, 4 - 6 weeks • Stop spraying: – once trap catch falls (usually early Sept.) – or until harvest if other pests active NC State University Entomology extension faculty and staff work with county field faculty, growers, consultants, and the public across the state in solving insect problems through research based and environmentally sound practices. and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. much economic damage the European Pepper Moth might inflict in North America Girdling damage can be seen on poinsettia (fig. European pepper moths damage plants when the larvae feed on leaves, flowers, stems, or roots. 2A), begonia (fig. The percent reduction in the number of larvae per treatment was determined (Table 1). Summaries of agricultural plants that are attacked include celery, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, maize, pomegranate and certain herbs. We treated the plants with several insecticides that we thought might help in an eradication effort (see Table 1) at the highest recommended rates on the label. The number of generations per year is variable but is certain to be multiple generations in Southern California, where multiple year-round generations in greenhouse production is likely. What separates NC State University from other schools? The important thing is that foliarÂ, applications will provide little benefit since the larvae are at the media surface and in webbing that protects them. There are many host plants for the European peppered moth such as fruits, vegetables, herbs and cut flowers. European pepper moth has become widespread in NC and throughout the Southeast since then. Mature European pepper moth larva in the potting soil below the surface (Photo credit: Lyle Buss, University of Florida) Damage: EPM larvae feed on roots, stems, foliage, inflorescences and fruits. Damage. Unfortunately, a second detection occurred in July 2010, and a trace-back led to the same area of San Diego County but to a different grower. Girdling damage by European pepper moth (EPM) larvae on poinsettia (A), begonia (B), kalanchoe (C) and pepper (D). 1D). The host list is comprised of plants in about 38 plant families and include field-grown vegetables and ornamentals, greenhouse-grown ornamentals and herbs, and tree and vine hosts. A sprench that covers foliage and the media surface may be more effective.Â, You will automatically get notified when we post news and tag it, Extension Specialist (Household & Structural Entomology), N.C. When rotting begins, borers often leave and move to infest new … We wanted to make sure the pesticide would contact the pest, so we tried two methods of application with selected pesticides (Table 2): some applications were made using a backpack sprayer, and some plants were drenched from above. ECB is the most important insect pest of peppers in New England. Working hand-in-hand with our partners at N.C. A&T and 101 local governments, we conduct groundbreaking research that addresses real-world issues in communities across the state. March 10, 2020; Greenhouse, nursery, and landscape survey March 26, 2019 Fig. Their light wings are "peppered… One of our biggest worries during the last poinsettia season was that poinsettias are on the host list. The caterpillars of the peppered moth not only mimic the form but also the colour of a twig. Preventative treatments of granular insecticides may protect plants from this type of infestation, but for best control, persistent applications of effective products using a heavy application or large droplet size and a directed spray may be necessary. It will benefit you to be aware of the biology and control of this pest, and it will certainly pay to be on the lookout for it. We conducted two greenhouse trials on infested potted plants from cooperating growers. Photo: SD Frank. Life cycle and damage. The plants were mature and flowering, and the vast majority of the plants contained larvae or evidence of an infestation. Means followed by different letters are significantly different, LSD (p=0.05). EPM causes severe damage to main stems, lower leaves and tissues that are adjacent to the potting soil. Biology In all likelihood, growers of EPM host plants here in the county will have to monitor for the time being and treat preventatively to remain moth-free (see host plants below). It has proven to be a significant pest in Europe, especially in greenhouse ornamental and vegetable production. Want to see which lists are available? Monitoring techniques with documented efficacy include the use of a pheromone in Delta traps, funnel traps and water traps. 2. The European pepper moth is reported for the first time from South America where high infestations by larvae on strawberries is now reported in Brazil. Mortality was observed for three days after treatment applications. 2C) and pepper (fig. Younger plants were treated preventatively. Table 1. Pepper IPM: European Corn Borer. Table 2. Regardless of the rating, concern from ornamental and vegetable plant producers is leading to the formation of a USDA APHIS Technical Working Group to study ways of reducing the impact that this pest may have on U.S. agriculture. Learn More About NC State Extension, We have several topic based e-mail newsletters that are sent out periodically when we have new information to share. Pyrethroids are also a good choice for larval control, but may need to be synergized. Charlie said in monitoring pepper fields there was no damage seen. N.C. (Optional) It can be difficult to detect due to its propensity to remain hidden in the upper levels of soil, under pots, or lower webbed leaves while feeding as a larva. The second trial was conducted on heavily infested potted verbena in an outdoor nursery environment. The larvae feed at or just below the surface of the potting media. Percent reductions are the percent of change from the pretreatment count. In addition, aerosols or fogs applied in protected culture just before adults begin to fly at night will be effective. Search form. European pepper moth (EPM), Duponchelia fovealis Zeller is an invasive pest in the United States. The peppered moth (Biston betularia) is a temperate species of night-flying moth. This is a serious pest that may not be on your radar. Ostrinia nubilalis European corn borer (ECB) is a resident pest that has 2 generations per year in southern and central New England and 1 generation in northern New England. The adult (fig. False Codling Moth can survive in climates described as tropical, dry or temperate. Severe damage including … We have started a colony in our greenhouse and have found the generations to be synchronous at this point, which may be an advantage for the timing of applications. The European pepper moth inflicts damage to roots, leaves, flowers, buds and fruit on which it feeds as larvae (Ahern 2010, Bethke and Vander Mey 2010, Anonymous 2005a, Anonymous 2005b, Bonsignore and Vacante 2010, CABI 2010, Hoffman 2010, Murphy 2005, Messelink and Van Wensveen 2003, Pijnakker 2001). 94. It can also bore into stems to feed. 2A), begonia (fig. Larger numbers are better. Bethke and B. Vander Mey. It was thought to be eradicated, but a detection in Canada in April of 2010 was traced back to ornamental plant production in San Diego County. Fig. They can cause considerable damage to plants by feeding on leaves, crowns and stems, and also by boring into the stems of some plants. EPM, Duponchelia fovealis Zeller (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), originates in the Mediterranean area and the Canary Islands, and also has been known to occur in Africa and Asia Minor where it is a significant pest of agricultural crops including peppers, squash, tomatoes and corn. 2C) and pepper (fig. European pepper moths damage plants when the larvae feed on leaves, flowers, stems, or roots. European corn borer can cause severe damage to peppers through damage to the fruit and premature drop of small fruit. European pepper moth has become widespread in NC and throughout the Southeast since then. Girdling damage can be seen on poinsettia (fig. In general, the adults are relatively easy to kill. This detection triggered an extensive trace forward survey to determine the extent of the invasion in California and other states. The moth was first identified in California in 2005 and was originally assigned an “A” rating, which meant that when found, there would have to be action taken to eliminate the risk of spreading the insect. Many people won’t think much of this insect because it’s just another moth, but if ignored, it could become a serious pest on certain ornamental and agricultural crops. In contrast, the light gray form stands out, leaving it vulnerable to predation by birds. Regional Report Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, Regional Report Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, Regional Report Orange and Los Angeles Counties, Regional Report San Benito and Santa Clara Counties, Regional Report San Diego and Riverside Counties, http://documents.plant.wur.nl/wurglas/C_bestwatertrap.pdf, © 2020 Regents of the University of California. European pepper moth has also been recorded as a problem in greenhouse grown chrysanthemums and other cut flower species in Ontario. Development from egg to adult is as long as 47 days at 68ºF, but will be much shorter in our warmer climates and especially in greenhouses. In San Diego County, confirmed host plants include begonia, echeveria, gerbera and several varieties of kalanchoe and poinsettia. Peppered moth evolution is an example of population genetics and natural selection.. The Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the USDA originally considered this moth an actionable pest because initially it was not known to occur in the United States and because it is a serious agricultural pest. We selected 60 plants as a pre-treatment count and a different set of 60 plants for each of the two post-treatment assessments. 2B), kalanchoe (fig. pdf version. Because of this behavior they prefer plants with foliage touching the media or at least close to it. Greenhouse managers and Extension people working with greenhouse growers should be alert and monitor for this new pest. Western Farm Press published this article about European pepper moth by Surendra Dara, UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor in Santa Barbara County.Dara explains that the European pepper moth has been reported in several central and southern California counties. Borer entrance holes in larger pods allow water to enter, resulting in fruit rot. In addition to causing damage in this expanded range, they have also become pests of commercially grown … The caterpillars were not evident at first, but when the pots were turned over, we detected numerous larvae infesting the roots that protruded from the drainage holes in the bottom of the containers. European pepper moth Duponchelia fovealis European pepper moth (Duponchelia fovealis) is an insect pest of Begonia, Gerbera, Kalanchoe, Cyclamen and Pepper.It is a native of Mediterranean and was first detected in California in 2004. In contrast, the light gray form stands out, leaving it vulnerable to predation by birds. It was first discovered in San Diego County in 2004 and again in July, 2010. The results of this study will be used by farmers and biological control workers to monitor and implement pest control methods. Very little research has been conducted on European pepper moth management but p, roducts active against caterpillars may be effective. ), pepper (Capsicum spp.) European pepper moth widespread in California Surendra Dara for Western Farm Press. They only trap male moths so there is no risk of attracting females to your nursery. The lowest lines on the outer wing have a tooth-like notch facing backward. ), cineraria, gerbera, impatiens, begonia, elderberry, goosefoot, kalanchoe, azalea, croton, poinsettia, geranium (Pelargonium spp. The important thing is that foliarÂ applications will provide little benefit since the larvae are at the media surface and in webbing that protects them. In addition, we observed larvae taking refuge deeper in the soil alongside the main stem. Fig. i. European pepper moth (EPM) adult male (A), eggs (B), larva (C) and pupa (D). NC State Extension Area Specialized Agent Danny Lauderdale trapped the first European pepper moths last week. The European pepper moth inflicts damage to roots, leaves, flowers, buds and fruit on which it feeds as larvae (Ahern 2010; Bethke and Vander Mey 2010; Anonymous 2005a; Anonymous 2005b; Bonsignore and Vacante 2010; CABI 2010; Hoffman 2010; Murphy 2005; Messelink and Van Wensveen 2003; Pijnakker 2001). Prior to setting fruit, only an occasional pepper plant suffers injury to stems or branches. In leaves, this feeding damage appears first as rounded or crescent-shaped bites on the outside of the leaves, but eventually the whole leaf is eaten (Bonsignore and Vacante 2010, Marek and … 1. EPM is a new pest of potentially great significance in California and elsewhere. and elm. They form loose webbing from the media to low leaves and branches. Larvae are creamy white to brown with a dark head capsule (fig. Cooperative Extension, which staffs local offices in all 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Acephate was an effective treatment for controlling larvae in two preliminary trials. Damage to roots and stems cause symptoms, such as wilting or stunted growth, that are most commonly associated with drought or root diseases. Arrow points to stem damage (girdling) due to feeding by larvae of the European pepper moth, Duponchelia fovealis(Zeller). Foliar applications were made using a backpack sprayer and a large droplet size, and we made an effort to get the soil surface and main stem wet with the treatment application. Read our Commitment to Diversity | Read our Privacy Statement. It is your responsibility to make sure you are using registered products and rates for control purposes. Numbers are the average number of live larvae per pot. We assessed the presence of active larvae per plant at 24 and 72 hours after application. European pepper moth larva. Other products did not cause significant mortality compared to the control under the conditions of this trial. We are studying the life history and control for this pest and plan to have more results relatively soon. European pepper moth larvae feed on dozens of herbaceous and woody plant species. They can also feed on the organic matter in the soil. Efficacy of selected insecticides applied to European pepper moth-infested kalanchoe in 4-inch pots. European pepper moth-Control California growers should be on the lookout for a new exotic pest, the European pepper moth (EPM). The cocoon is usually attached to the undersides of leaves or the edge of the pot, and larvae take about 1 to 2 weeks to hatch. NC State Extension is the largest outreach program at NC State University. EPM causes severe damage to main stems, lower leaves and tissues that are adjacent to the potting soil. The dark (melanic) morph of the peppered moth (Biston betularia) is inconspicuous on a soot-covered tree. Unfortunately, we have observed larvae girdling poinsettia and causing significant damage on some growers’ crops. is a major, yet largely unrecognized, pest of nursery and greenhouse crops. Damage. Subscribe By Email chevron_right. Bethke and B. Vander Mey. In addition, it appears that the EPM is attracted to the light brown apple moth pheromone lures as well. ), lisianthus, lilyturf, cuphia, coleus, mint, mallow (Malva spp. European pepper moth (Duponchelia fovealis) is a major, yet largely unrecognized, pest of nursery and greenhouse crops. Bifenthrin, acephate, and bifenthrin+acephate tank mix caused a 50 to 75% reduction in the mean number of live larvae per treatment. 95. 1B). Unfortunately, damaging levels of European corn borer larvae were present in some Michigan hopyards last year. Males have a longer, more slender abdomen than females. Cooperative Extension prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status. Spray applications were made by turning the pots on their sides and applying the pesticides to the caterpillar on the roots and bottoms of the pots. 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