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Pests Monitored—Delayed-Dormant/Budbreak Period

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  • Ants
  • Mealybug crawlers
  • Cutworm
  • European fruit lecanium scale
  • Spider mites
  • Thrips

Use the photos below to identify pests on vines and spurs. Names link to more information on identification and management.

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Ants tending vine mealybugs on a grapevine.
Ants and vine mealybug
Identification tip: Look for ants on vines to see if they are tending mealybugs or scale. Note that bark was peeled away to expose these vine mealybugs.

Grape mealybug, Pseudococcus maritimus, egg mass under bark.
Mealybug crawlers
Identification tip: Mealybugs can be found under bark on spurs.

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Delayed dormant spur
Identification tip: Spurs are 1- to 2-year old canes that were cut back to 1 to 2 buds at pruning.

Variegated cutworm, Peridroma saucia, feeding on a bud.
Identification tip: Cutworms feed on buds at night, hollowing them out
Nymphs of European fruit lecanium, Parthenolecanium corni, on a dormant twig
European fruit lecanium scale
Identification tip: Nymphs of European fruit lecanium, Parthenolecanium corni, on a dormant twig
Pacific spider mite overwintering female.
Spider mites
Identification tip: Overwintering pacific mite females are orange and found under loose bark of the spur tip. (Adult males are not present in the winter.)

Thrips damage
Identification tip: After tapping buds over white paper, look for small (.04 inch) elongate insects. This is the nymphal stage.

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