Artichoke Moth

Gortyna xanthenes, Artichoke Moth

The artichoke moth, Gortyna xanthenes is a most important pest of the artichoke in the Mediterranean basin. It causes substantial damage of the Artichoke.

Russell IPM manufacture and supply pheromone lures, traps and complete monitoring systems for artichoke moth, Gortyna xant. Pheromone trap data gives early warning of the infestation and also exhibits the density of the insect population.


This pest develops on artichoke. Adults are nocturnal, 50 to 60 mm wingspan. The female lays up to 1300 eggs in 2 or 3 groups at the base of the foot of artichoke. The young caterpillar climbs along the plant and nibbles the upper epidermis of the leaves; it then penetrates the veins. It then eats through the centre of the stem and reaches the head where it forms large galleries The adults appear from the beginning of October to mid- November. The eggs hatch from December to February. The caterpillars develop inside the plant until pupating in these same galleries (according to

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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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