EPPO data sheets on pests recommended for regulation. Fiches informatives sur les organismes recommand´es pour r´eglementation. Keiferia lycopersicella. General information about Keiferia lycopersicella (GNORLY). Background. The tomato pinworm, Keiferia lycopersicella (Walsingham) ( Lepidoptera,. Gelechiidae) is a pest of tomatoes in North America. It has caused foliage.

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Schuster, University of Florida. These mines widen during the second larval instar forming a translucent blotch. Knowledge Bank home Change location. Tomato fruit ljcopersicella damage by tomato pinworm, Keiferia lycopersicella Walshingham. Cultural Control Plant tissue, infested fruits and packing materials where larvae may pupate should be destroyed.

Larvae may enter fruit of any maturity.

Eggs are deposited in small clusters on leaves, but are seldom seen because of their small size. Privacy policy About Bugwoodwiki Disclaimers.

Insect Management Guide for tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. Also, they have been reported from greenhouses in Delaware, Mississippi, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Borges describes it as a very severe pest of tomato, causing large yield losses. In fruits the larval entry hole can be detected, and galleries can be seen just beneath the surface; lycopersixella may also occur. Damage to tomatoes results from the feeding of larvae on leaves, stems and fruit. Further feeding results in a blotch-like mine usually on the same leaf.

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Keiferia lycopersicella

We strive to provide accurate information, but we are mostly just amateurs attempting to make sense of a diverse natural world. Photos of insects and people from the gathering in ArizonaJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in Alabama Photos of insects and people from the gathering in Iowa Photos from the Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa Photos lycolersicella the gathering in Washington. This species also resembles several species of Scrobipalpafrom which males can be separated by the long hair pencils at the base on the hindwing costa lacking in Scrobipalpa.

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Populations may be controlled early during the first or second larval stages keiferix several recommended insecticides Poe ; however, third or fourth instars are protected by leaf folds or fruit, making the control of older infestations difficult. All three L setae on T1 are often joined on a single sclerotized pinaculum. The abdomen is gray with the ventral surface very light dull yellow. Early instars of either species will be difficult to recognize with morphology.

Comparative material of both species is helpful to see this difference. Contributed by Michael W.

Microlepidoptera on Solanaceae

As the larva matures it develops dorsal coloration that initially is orangish or brownish and eventually turns keireria. The precautions include use of transplants that are free of eggs and larvae when set in the field, and the destruction of all plant debris in fields after harvest. Tomato, potato, eggplant, and a weed, Solanum bahamese L.

The two are very similar but may be separated by the cuticular texture of the dorsum of the posterior abdominal segments. Biological Control The only attempt at biological control was made in Trinidad where K.


For further information, we recommend you visit the following resources: Eucatoptus lycopersicella Walsingham, Phthorimaea lycopersicella Gnorimoschema lycopersicella Phthorimaea lenta Meyrick, Phthorimaea lycopersicella Busck, Native to North America, Hawaii and Mexico. Continued feeding results in a blotch-like mine which can usually be found on that same leaf.

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This page was last modified The tomato pinworm in Florida. This article on a moth of the Gnorimoschemini tribe is a stub. It has also been reported from greenhouses in DelawareMississippiMissouriPennsylvania and Virginia. It was later synonymized with Eucatoptus lycopersicella Walshingham. The most important damage occurs when keeiferia enter fruit. Consequently, chemical control is contingent upon frequent and accurate observations of fields for pinworm mines.

Photograph by University of Florida. The February planting had 25 times more fruit damage per plant than earlier plantings; the lowest infestation occurred with October planting. They concluded that damage by all species was less severe on staked plants. Tomato pinworm is a sporadic pest in Georgia. Leaf folding damage to tomato by the tomato pinworm, Keiferia lycopersicella Walshingham.

Larvae may feed shallowly beneath the skin of the fruit near the stem or may bore into the core of the fruit.