European grapevine moth, Lobesia botrana Part I: Biology and ecology

Giovanni Benelli, Andrea Lucchi, Gianfranco Anfora, Bruno Bagnoli, Marcos Botton, Raquel Campos-Herrera, Cristina Carlos, Matthew P. Daugherty, César Gemeno, Ally R. Harari, Christoph Hoffmann, Claudio Ioriatti, Rodrigo J. López Plantey, Annette Reineke, Renato Ricciardi, Emmanouil Roditakis, Gregory S. Simmons, Wee Tek Tay, Luis M. Torres-Vila, John VontasDenis Thiéry

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Though the European grapevine moth, Lobesia botrana (Denis & Schiffermüller) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) can feed on more than forty plant species, grapevine is the preferred crop worldwide. This moth is a western palearctic species that has recently spread to Chile, Argentina, and California. The possible further expansion in other regions of the Americas is greatly feared and should be monitored carefully in the near future. In this framework, we provide an updated review of the current knowledge on its taxonomy, morphology, biology, ecology, genomics, geographic distribution, and invasive-ness. Then, in the last section, we develop a research agenda pointing out significant challenges for future investigations on bio-ecology and invasion biology, which are tightly connected with the prevention and management strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-280
Number of pages20
JournalEntomologia Generalis
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes

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  • Tortricidae
  • chemical ecology
  • climate change
  • invasiveness
  • life cycle
  • morphology and taxonomy
  • pest distribution
  • sex pheromone
  • vineyard pest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science


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