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The Carnation Tortrix Moth (Cacoecimorpha pronubna) is a moth species found in Africa, The U.S.A. and Europe. It is a relatively small brown moth with an olive green caterpillar life cycle stage. The female moths can lay a high number of eggs, up to 700. The moth is often located in greenhouses.
The caterpillars of Tortrix Moths can wrap leaves around themselves. The caterpillars can also enter and damage fruit such as strawberries. They can be found on a wide variety of plants and can sometimes overwinter in greenhouses.
The male adult moths can be monitored and caught with pheromone traps. The first caterpillars should be manually removed where possible. In greenhouses, our new Moth Egg Killer can be introduced. These sachets contain tiny parasitic wasps that parasitise the moth eggs, preventing them developing into the damaging caterpillars. Refer to the instructions on the Moth Egg Killer Sachets product description for more information on how to apply these trichogramma wasps against Tortrix caterpillars.