Seen on a Pinot Noir vine leaf…

…this intricate array of eggs. Not being an entomologist, I haven’t got the ability to identify them. They’re incredibly beautiful, but I removed the leaf just in case the little hatchlings eat my vines.

10 comments to Seen on a Pinot Noir vine leaf…

  • Amazing! Never seen anything like that before! It looks like someone placed them there!!!

  • I found something similar on the *underside* of a leaf in my vineyard.

    The leaf was folded over, downwards, and the two surfaces held together by what looked like spider silk.

  • Chris

    That sounds like the Light Brown Apple Moth, Arthur.

  • Bernhard Hlavicka

    looks like snake-eggs…or at least snake-caviar looks like these on your leaf

  • Bernhard Hlavicka

    sorry, not snake, but snail!

  • jonesin

    How do the roe taste?

  • Chris, you’re scaring me. There was only one affected leaf on all 44 vines. (the other 43 are too young – put in almost 3 weeks ago). There is an apple tree, downhill from the vines, on the property. There are also figs, avocados and citrus trees. All seem unaffected.

    What can be used to fight LBAM?

  • Chris


    we have LBAM here in Dorset (as well as various other caterpillars, snails, slugs and even Japanese beetles eating the vines) and while they cause a bit of damage I’m loath to use insecticides as they’ll kill off the natural predators as well. If you only have 44 vines it should be pretty easy to remove them by hand. We have 33,000 but even so I doubt I’ll be spraying.

  • Thanks Chris

    The other concern I have in Los Angeles is sharpshooters…. I saw one on a vine recently but could not get close enough to see the markings to determine if it is GWS.

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