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European Grapevine Moth (EGVM)

European Grapevine Moth (Lobesia botrana) (images not to scale)

The European Grapevine Moth, also known as Lobesia botrana, is a serious pest of grapes, causing significant damage to the flowers and berries of grapevines.

Native to southern Italy, EGVM is a pest of economic importance in vineyards throughout Europe, northern and western Africa, the Middle East, southern Russia, Japan, and Chile.

EGVM was first found in Sonoma County in the Kenwood area on March 29, 2010. A total of 59 moths were trapped in Sonoma County in 2010. In 2011, the total number of moths trapped in Sonoma County was nine. These moths came from only two sites. No European Grapevine Moths were trapped in Sonoma County in 2012 or 2013. One moth was trapped in Sonoma County in 2014.

The Sonoma County Department of Agriculture is continuing to work with the US Department of Agriculture and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to survey the county and detect European Grapevine Moths in Sonoma County in 2015.

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