New growth of pines (the tip of the branch) is killed when the moth larvae enter into
the pine shoots. Although it may resemble Diplodia tip blight, pine tip moth damage
can be identified by the presence of the larva in the dead tip (lower picture) or a hollow tip where the insect had been. Most
2 and 3 needle pines can be affected but slash, Austrian, and long leaf pines are
not usually severely affected.
Please contact your local county extension office for current information.