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Box Moth (Cydalima perspectalis)

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Description
Box Tree Moth Pheromone Trapping System
 
Species Name: Cydalima perspectalis
 
Pest Status: This moth is a native of East Asia and was first reported in UK gardens in 2011. An important pest of box plants (Buxus spp.), larvae feed on leaves and in severe infestations can cause defoliation and dieback. Currently established in southern England, late instar caterpillars produce webbing ‘tents’ to protect themselves whilst feeding. Early detection and control are necessary as this webbing makes effective control difficult.
 
Generations: There are 2 or 3 generations per year in Western Europe.
 
Trap: The Funnel trap is recommended. 
 
Trapping Season: Place traps in an area by mid-March and continue until October. It should be noted that the exact time of insect emergence will vary with location and seasonal variation.
 
Trap Placement and Density for monitoring: Traps should be placed in an open area where the plants susceptible to attack are being grown. The traps should be mounted at a height of 1.5 to 2 metres above the ground.  The current recommended density is 4 traps per hectare; this density is subject to change depending on location and severity of the moth.
 
Use of Lures: The lure should be kept in the sealed packet until it is needed.  Do not try to open or pierce the capsule; just place it in the cage on the trap lid.  Dispose of the sachet and used lures well away from the trapping area.
 
Trap Servicing and Change of Lures: Add approximately 5cm of water with a drop of detergent into the trap bucket. Lures should be changed every 5 weeks. The funnel traps should be emptied weekly to avoid the trap filling and repellency from putrefaction of the caught insects.
 
Observations and Data Recording: Catches should be recorded weekly in low populations but more frequently in fields with high populations. Record the trap catch on a trap record sheet.
 
Note: To avoid affecting the efficiency of the trapping system it is strongly recommended that the traps be used for only one species. Never use the lures for other species in this trap.
 
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