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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Leaf folding damage to tomato by the tomato pinworm, Keiferia lycopersicella Walshingham. Biological Control The only attempt at biological control was made in Trinidad where K. The first instar lucopersicella spin a tent of silk over themselves and tunnel into the leaf.

The precautions include use of transplants that lycopersiclela free of eggs and larvae when set in the field, and the destruction of all plant lycopetsicella in fields after harvest. This page was last edited on 29 Novemberat Host-Plant Resistance Schuster tested seedlings of plant introductions of Lycopersicon for resistance to K.

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 from the gathering in Washington. Tomato foliage showing field lycopersicellaa by tomato pinworm, Keiferia lycopersicella Walshingham. PDF – Dichotomous key to Gelechiid larvae. Tomato pinworm Scientific classification Kingdom: The prothoracic shield is pale with a dark band along the posterior margin, but early instars lack this shading.

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Eucatoptus lycopersicella Walsingham, Phthorimaea lycopersicella Gnorimoschema lycopersicella Phthorimaea lenta Meyrick, Phthorimaea lycopersicella Busck, Click the contributor’s name for licensing and usage information.

Contributors own the copyright to and are solely responsible for contributed content. Several lyclpersicella measures should be followed because infestations often result from shipment of pinworms in picking containers, crates, infested fruit or seedlings, and lycopersicella populations perpetuated on plants left in fields after harvest or left in seed flats or compost heaps Poe EU pesticides database keuferia. It has also been reported from greenhouses in DelawareMississippiMissouriPennsylvania and Virginia.


Keiferia lycopersicella is the only North American species we studied with a dark band on the posterior margin of the prothoracic shield. Photograph by University of Florida. Mature larvae abandon the host and form a loose pupal cell of sand grains near the soil surface. For each 10 mines in the first leaf, in the first two leaves and in the first three leaves there was a reduction in yield of Continuing to use www.

Like most websites we use cookies. Adults are about 4. Views Read Edit View history. They are variably light to medium gray keiferiia with dark gray and yellowish-orange. Gelechiidae Introduction – Distribution – Life History – Host – Economic Lydopersicella – Management – Selected References Introduction Back to Top The tomato pinworm is a small, microlepidopteran moth that is often confused with closely related species, which have similar habits.

Privacy policy About Bugwoodwiki Disclaimers. Plants of the nightshade family, Solanaceaeare the preferred hosts of pinworms. Insect Management Guide for tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. As the larva matures it develops dorsal coloration that initially is orangish or brownish and eventually turns purplish.

The third and fourth larval instars feed from within tied leaves or folded portions of a leaf. Close Find out more. Damage to tomatoes lycopersicellw from the feeding of larvae on leaves, stems and fruit. In Georgia, this is not a consistent pest, and cultural controls, scouting, and judicial use of pesticides are recommended.

Once larvae have been feeding for a while, the brown granular frass can often be seen at the edge of the calyx. Retrieved from ” http: Management Back to Top 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 Native to North America, Hawaii and Mexico.


This species is a well-known pest of tomato, but it is known to feed on various other solanaceous plants, including eggplant.

Introduction Usually control methods are directed towards all tomato pests, and those for K. It persisted in the literature as the eggplant leafminer until redescribed as a new species Busck collected from tomatoes.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The labial palpus is upturned. Eggs are deposited on leaves in small clusters and hatch in days. This is to ensure that we give you the best experience possible. This species is superficially similar to Tuta absolutabut it can be distinguished by the grayish-black spots in the forewing fold followed by yellowish-orange scales. Schalk and Robbins found that although aluminium mulches had other benefits, fruit injury increased due to attack by tomato pinworm.

Cultural Control Plant tissue, infested fruits and packing materials where larvae may pupate should be destroyed. Keiferia lycopersicella has round lycopersiceella pointed microgranules. When the market price of tomatoes was considered, the economic threshold was 0.

Tomato pinworm is a sporadic pest in Georgia. In Florida, it is common in tomato-producing areas south of Tampa along the west coast and from Ft.

Larvae may feed shallowly beneath the skin of the fruit near the stem lycopersieclla may bore into the core of the fruit. Capps provided a key, with descriptions, that defines the species and permits identification of larvae with which it might be confused. Young larvae are yellowish-gray with a brown head capsule.