Prays oleae, Crete - photo © Κ. Bormpoudaki

Prays oleae, Crete - photo © Κ. Bormpoudaki

Prays oleae (Bernard, 1788)


Prays oleae is a moth of the family Praydidae on the island of Crete, Greece.

Scientific name

Prays oleae (Bernard, 1788)

Phalaena oleae Bernard, 1788)

Tinea oleella (Fabricius, 1794)

Common name

Olive Moth, Small Olive Ermel


Superfamily: Yponomeutoidea > Family: Praydidae > Genus: Prays


11-15 mm


Olive grooves, shrubland.

Food plant

The larva is oligophagous on Oleaceae (Olea europaea, Jasminum, Ligustrum, Phillyrea). There are three larvae generations; one feeding on the flowers, a second one feeding on the developing fruits, and a third one that are leafminers and appear from autumn till spring.

It is considered as a major pest in olive trees.

Flight period
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Lepiforum e. V.

Plant Parasites of Europe

Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa

Lepidoptera Mundi