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European Grapevine Moth

Scientific Name

Lobesia botrana (Denis & Schiffermüller) (Gilligan et al. 2011)

Common Name

European grapevine moth (EGVM), grape berry moth

Native To
Date of U.S. Introduction

First specimen recorded in Napa County, California in 2009 (Gilligan et al. 2011)

Means of Introduction

Feeds on grapevine flowers and berries (Zalom et al. 2011)

European Grapevine Moth
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Grape Berry Moth, Adult


Todd Gilligan Colorado State University

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  • An Invasive-Species Success Story: The Eradication of the European Grapevine Moth in California

    • Mar 2019
    • Entomological Society of America. Entomology Today.

    • Invasive insect and arthropod species make for a lot of scary headlines—think emerald ash borer, spotted lanternfly, and Asian longhorned tick, just to name a few. But success stories in invasive-species response are out there. They just need to be told. One of those success stories is the eradication of the European grapevine moth (Lobesia botrana) in northern California after it was found there in 2009. A cooperative, multipronged response effort kept infestations from running wild, and it was declared eradicated in 2016, two years after the last adult moth was caught in the region. The story of this effort is recounted, along with analysis of the invasion’s dynamics, in a study published in January in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America.

  • European Grapevine Moth Cooperative Eradication Program: A Model for Fighting Future Invasive Species Threats

    • Nov 2, 2016
    • USDA. Blog.

    • Key partners and contributors in Napa County, California, recently celebrated and recognized the critical safeguarding accomplishment achieved together, of eradicating the invasive European grapevine moth (EGVM) from the U.S. The keys to success were early detection, our rapid response, and a strong collaboration between federal, state and local officials, growers, university scientists and extension services. Such partnerships remain critical to our ability to safeguard agriculture and facilitate safe trade.

  • European Grapevine Moth Has Been Eradicated

    • Napa County Agricultural Commissioner (California).

    • The European Grapevine Moth (EGVM) quarantine is officially lifted from Napa County and California! The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the California Department of Agriculture (CDFA) announced the moth's eradication status on August 18, 2016.

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

Federally Regulated

  • European Grapevine Moth Regulatory Information

    • USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

  • Import Federal Orders

    • USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

    • A Federal Order is a legal document issued in response to an emergency when the Administrator of APHIS considers it necessary to take regulatory action to protect agriculture or prevent the entry and establishment into the United States of a pest or disease. Federal Orders are effective immediately and contain the specific regulatory requirements.


Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source.

Federal Government
International Government
State and Local Government