Eye-spotted Bud Moth

Spilonota ocellana, Eye-Spotted Bud Moth

Eye-spotted Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana (Eucosma ocellana), is a serious pest of Apple, cherry, peach, pear, plum. It is geographical distribution in Austria, Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romani, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, China, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, North-Africa, Canada, USA (CABI, 2006).

Russell IPM manufacture and supply pheromone lures, traps and complete monitoring systems for Eye-spotted Bud Moth, Spilonota ocellana (Eucosma ocellana) Pheromone trap data gives early warning of the infestation and also exhibits the density of the insect population.


Adult has 14 to 17 mm wingspan, dark grey head and thorax shiny. Fore wings with the basal and anal thirds slate grey, the centre being occupied by a creamy white band sprinkled with a few black spots.  Eggs: oval and 0.75 mm long, egg embryonic development lasts 7 to 11 days. They are deposited in small clusters on the shoots and leaves. Larvae 11 to 13 mm, narrow, black head and thoracic plate light brown body 1 to 2 generations per year. The larvae hibernate in small brownish cocoons made in the bud axils. They resume their activity when the buds split open. The moth appears from mid-June to mid-July. Some larvae grow rapidly and pupate to produce a second generation of adults during the summer; the others develop slowly and build hibernacula in September‑October (according to INRA, France).

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Trap application guidelines

Do not re-use the trap to monitor different insects as this may lead to mixed catches. One trap for every two hectares of large scale fields of homogenous lands.

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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.

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