First record of orange mint moth (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) on commercial peppermint in Idaho

E. P. Eldredge, C. R. Baird


The orange mint moth, Pyrausta orphisalis Walker was encountered in a peppermint (Mentha piperita L.) field in the Indian Cove area, in Owyhee county, along the Snake River 10 km west of Hammett, Idaho. This is the first known record of orange mint moth in commercial mint in Idaho. Subsequent examination of fields in the main mint production area in Treasure Valley of western Idaho found another population of orange mint moth established in a field west of Boise, Idaho.

Key words: Orange mint moth; Pyrausta orphisalis; peppermint oil; essential oil

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