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Euzophera pinguis
(olive moth)



Euzophera pinguis (olive moth)


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  • 22 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Euzophera pinguis
  • Preferred Common Name
  • olive moth
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Euzophera pinguis (Haworth, 1811)

Preferred Common Name

  • olive moth

EPPO code

  • EUZOPI (Euzophera pinguis)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Lepidoptera
  •                         Family: Pyralidae
  •                             Genus: Euzophera
  •                                 Species: Euzophera pinguis

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes






SpainPresentOriginal citation: Durán et al. (1998)


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Dosba F, Ouazzani N, Belkoura I, Touzani A, 2001. Towards production in France of certified olive plants: setting up the CAC threshold. Multiplication et certification des plants d’olivier. Un nouvel enjeu pour l’oleiculture du 3eme millenaire. Actes du Seminaire International, Meknes, Morocco, 2-7 avril 2001. Multiplication et certification des plants d’olivier: Un nouvel enjeu pour l’oleiculture du 3eme millenaire. Actes du Seminaire International, Meknes, Morocco, 2-7 April 2001. Madrid, Spain: International Olive Oil Council, 105-114.

Durßn JM, Alvarado M, Serrano A, Rosa Ade la, 1998. Contribution to the knowledge of Euzophera pinguis (Haworth, (1811)) (Lep.: Pyralidae), a pest of olive. Boleti^acute~n de Sanidad Vegetal, Plagas, 24(2):267-278; 14 ref.

EstTvez Alcalde A, 2003. The olive moth (Euzophera pinguis Haw). Use of sexual pheromone for integrated control. Agricultura, Revista Agropecuaria, 72(849):206-208.

Ivanov I, 1974. Euzophera pinguis Hw. as a pest of almond. Rastitelna Zashchita, 22(7):38-39

Lozano C, Morris T, Campos M, Metzidakis IT, Voyiatzis DG, 1999. Development and characterization of a polyclonal antiserum for the detection of predators of Euzophera pinguis (Lep: Pyralidae). Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Olive Growing, Chania, Crete, Greece, 22-26 September 1997, volume 2. Acta Horticulturae, 474:563-566.

Moussa, Z., Choueiri, E., Youssef, A., El-Riachy, M., 2017. First record of olive pyralid moth, Euzophera pinguis (Haworth, 1811) on olive trees in Lebanon (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae)., Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France, 122(1):57-60

Mussche G, Garbous B, Bauters V, Panis A, 1987. Preliminary study of the population of Hymenoptera on olive trees in the north-west of Tunisia. Mededelingen van de Faculteit Landbouwwetenschappen, Rijksuniversiteit Gent, 52(2a):303-309

Roman FB, 1993. A pest on the increase: the olive pest (Euzophera pinguis). Agricultura, Revista Agropecuaria, 62(735):860-867

TAVARES DE LUCENA, D. , 1946. The Action of DDT on Anopheline Larvae, with Reference to other cold-blooded Animals., Arch. Inst. Pesq. agron., Pernambuco, 4:143-185 pp.

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