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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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It is easily confused with the exotic species Tuta absolutaalso a tomato pest. Cultural Control Plant tissue, infested fruits and packing materials where larvae may pupate should be destroyed.

The microspinule on each microgranule is shorter than the height of the microgranule. The eggs are opaque, pale yellow when laid, but turn orange before hatching.

Retrieved from ” https: Larvae may feed shallowly beneath the skin of the fruit near the stem or may bore into the core lycopersicelka the fruit. Photograph by David J. Capps provided a key, with descriptions, that defines the species and permits identification of larvae with which it might be confused. Phthorimaea lycopersicellaN. Larva of the tomato pinworm, Keiferia lycopersicella Walshingham.

tomato pinworm (Keiferia lycopersicella)

The moths are small with a wingspan of mm. Hawaiian Entomology Society Proceedings 7: It has also been reported from kefieria in DelawareMississippiMissouriPennsylvania and Virginia.


The hindwing is trapezoidal with gray cilia, modified with hair-pencils above from the base of the costal margin in males. Larvae initially make a blotch-like leaf-mine, but later they feed between spun leaves or enter the stem or fruits.

tomato pinworm – Keiferia lycopersicella (Walshingham)

All larvae appear smooth skinned without any prominent hairs. By using this site, you agree keiceria the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The male genitalia have a sickle-shaped uncusan ovate gnathosan elongate valva with enlarged apex which is bifurcate with unequal branches, and vinculum with the posterior margin projected medially and with paired finger-like lateral processes.

The feeding creates narrow blackened tunnels and exposes fruit to decay.

The cuticle at least on the dorsum of the posterior abdominal segments has round to pointed microgranules bearing short microsetae.

Palmer on 21 August, – 3: Several sanitary measures should be followed because infestations often result from shipment of pinworms in picking containers, crates, infested fruit or seedlings, and from populations perpetuated on plants left in fields after harvest or left in seed flats or compost heaps Poe Photograph by James Castner, University of Florida. In secondary screenings, accessions of L.

A generation can be completed in 30 days under summer conditions. Discussion View source History. For further information, we recommend you lycopersicellla the following resources: Contributed by Michael W.


The February planting had 25 times more fruit damage per plant than earlier plantings; the lowest infestation occurred with October planting. Tomato pinworm, Keiferia lycopersicella Walshinghamdamage on tomatoes.

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Although the life cycle is lengthy, generations overlap and infestations quickly mount to damaging proportions. Tomato, potato, eggplant, and a weed, Solanum bahamese L. Crochets of A are in a penellipse. Apparently, much of the damage to tomatoes attributed to the eggplant leafminer Gnorimoschema glochinella Zeller in Mexico and California during the early s was actually inflicted by the tomato pinworm Morrill Riley – University of Georgia.

Keiferia lycopersicella

They may also enter stems or fruits. If you would like to, you can learn more about the cookies we use. The third and fourth larval stages feed from within tied leaves, folded portions of a leaf, or enter stems or fruits.

Also, they have been reported from kycopersicella in Delaware, Mississippi, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Eggs are deposited on leaves in small clusters and hatch in days.