How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Monterey pine bud moth—Exoteleia burkei

Monterey pine bud moth larvae are brownish yellow and up to 0.2 inches long. They are found in mines.


Pine bud moths mine the tips of Monterey pine trees for 1 or 2 inches. The tips eventually die, often in a crooked position.


Damage is very localized and unlikely to harm the tree. Prune out and dispose of affected tips. No other control is known.

Monterey pine bud moth
Monterey pine bud moth adult


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