Leek moth
Garlic Leek Moth
A leek moth damaged garlic bulb
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Acrolepiidae
Genus: Acrolepiopsis
Species: Acrolepiopsis assectella
Roeslerstammia assectella

Chiefly suffered on the south-east coast of the UK, the Leek moth is a fairly recent addition to leek-growers' troubles.

Identifying FeaturesEdit

Caterpillars eat into the leaves resulting in white-brown patches on the leaves. Leaves may turn yellow and begin to rot in severe cases.


Remove and destroy affected plants.


When transplanting; consider covering leeks with fleece if you think this might be a problem.

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