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Tuta absoluta
Tomato Leaf-miner

(Meyrick, 1917)825a / 35.127

Morleys Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: A pest of tomato growing areas in the Mediterranean area. As an adventive it has been found in British glasshouses. As an immigrant it can also been found in Britain and that is how it reaches Suffolk. First recorded in Suffolk during 2013.

Life Style: The moth is multi-brooded in warm climates and glass houses. It mines and feeds externally from a web across all parts of the plant. Although known as a tomato pest it feeds on a wide range of related plants. It is unable to survive British winters.

Identification: The moth is small and exceedingly active. The striped palps and legs along with the distinctive mottled pattern allow it to be identified. It does vary however and can be darker. There is also a form that is almost black with a clear whitish sub-terminal fascia. Genitalia dissection is then required for identification. More Info

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 3 (5%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2013.
Last Recorded in 2019.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
09/10/2019125TM59 - Lowestoft
07/08/2019+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
03/06/2017+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
23/09/2016+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
18/09/2016+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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Wingspan: 8-10mm
Flight: Eight to ten generations can occur in a single year.
Foodplant:   Tomato and related plants
Nat Status: Adventive and immigrant.
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
 Immature Adult
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