Zeuzera pyrina, The leopard moth
The leopard moth, Zeuzera pyrina is an important insect of apple, pears, olive, almond in Europe, North America, the Mediterranean and certain olive growing countries.
On young trees one leopard moth caterpillar is enough to kill a tree. Old trees are severely damaged, particularly in periods of drought.
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Hegazi, E. et al (2014) Population dynamics and economic losses caused by Zeuzera pyrina , a cryptic wood-borer moth, in an olive orchard in Egypt. Agricultural and Forest Entomology (2014), DOI: 10.1111/afe.12075
The study examined the nature and scale of damage caused by the leopard moth in Egypt. The infestation of four susceptible and five resistant olive cultivars in different cropping systems was varied within and between adjacent plots. The results suggested less infestation by intercropping of resistant varieties, which could assist in Zeuzera pyrina management. It was concluded that both temporal and spatial changes acted to strongly influence population dynamics and these are related to variations in the moth host plant.Read more
Rahimi, H et al (2012) Comparison of four colors and two different size of sticky surface of trap to catch Leopard Moth (Zeuzera pyrina). Agricultural Scientific Information and Documentation Centre, Agricultural Research and Education Organization
Leopard moth (Zeuzera pyrina) damages various economically important fruit trees, especially walnut and apple trees. Pheromone traps in orchards of walnut is one of the most effective methods for pest control. During 2011 to determine the best type and colour of traps (including: green, yellow, white, grey and white pinto) and the most efficient trap size, various samples were compared by factorial with completely randomized block design in Khorasan Razavi. The results of data analysis showed that there was no significant difference between treatments.