Pine (Pinus)-Sequoia pitch moth

Synanthedon sequoiae

Pest description and crop damage Larvae of a clearwing moth feed in tree limbs and trunks. Trees under attack are almost always previously stressed. A mass of pinkish pitch at the feeding site is evidence of infestation.

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Sampling and thresholds Pheromone traps are available.

Management-cultural control

Keep trees vigorous.

Management-chemical control


Apply materials to the trunk and lower limbs. Avoid contacting foliage. Apply generally in late spring or when adults are active.

For more information

Johnson, W.T. and H.H. Lyon (1991), Insects That Feed on Trees and Shrubs, 2nd ed., Cornell University Press (p. 72).

PNW Nursery IPM: Sequoia pitch moth (