Avocado seed moth

Avacado seed moth

Photo by Mark S Hoddle, University of California, Bugwood.org

  • Pest of avocados in Latin America causing large yield losses
  • Early instar larvae are white but become violet in later instars
  • Adult moths have a ‘C’ shape of black dots across the forewings
  • Moths form galleries in branches causing them to wither
  • Larvae penetrate fruit and destroy seed and pulp through feeding
  • Frass can be seen in fruit when opened, and oozing of a white exudate may occur externally

High priority pest of: Avocados

Scientific name: Stenoma catenifer
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Butterflies & moths (LEPIDOPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol