Prays oleae

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Prays oleae larva, removed from its mine, on an olive leaf (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Giancarlo Dessì
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Prays oleae mines on an olive leaves (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Giancarlo Dessì
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Prays oleae (Bernard) - (olive moth)

This small moth is found in Mediterranean countries and is a serious pest of olive trees. The larvae mine the leaves and bore into the flower buds as well as into the developing fruits. Yield losses of up to 50% have been reported. It usually has 3 generations per year. Leaf-mining larvae overwinter in the mines and emerge in spring (1st generation). The larvae of the 2nd generation attack the flowers and those of the 3rd generation the fruits. The latter 2 generations are the most destructive ones.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Olivenmotte
• English: olive moth
olive kernel borer
• Español: pollila del olivo
prays del olivo
• Français: teigne de l'olivier