Lesser Date Moth

Batrachedra amydraula, Lesser date moth

Batrachedra amydraula, the lesser date moth, is a species of moth of the Batrachedridae family found from Bangladesh to western Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Israel, Iraq, and Iran, as well as most of North Africa..

The wingspan is 10-14 mm. The larvae feed on Derris trifoliata and Phoenix dactylifera. It is one of the most important pests on date palm that may cause more than 50% loss of the crop. There are three generations per year in the United Arab Emirates. The first larvae appear in April and damage newly formed fruits. They are dormant from August to March of the following year, resting between the bases of the terminal fronds. Pupation takes place in March and adults emerge in April. (full article at Wikipedia)

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The adult moths have a wing span of 10–14 mm. The front wings are lanceolate with brownish scales. The hind wings are narrow, light grey and long-fringed. The eggs are small, light yellow and are laid singly on the flowers and immature fruits. The larvae, when full grown, are about 10–12 mm long. The head and the prothorax are light brown while the rest of the body is translucent white. The prolegs are on the abdominal segments 3–4 and on the last. Pupae are slender, long and light-brown in color.

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Trap application guidelines


Lures for pest monitoring


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.