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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Schalk and Robbins found that although aluminium mulches had other benefits, fruit injury increased due to attack by tomato pinworm.

Keiferia lycopersicella (GNORLY)[Overview]| EPPO Global Database

In initial screenings, accessions of L. In leaves, larvae mine for the first two instars and then form leaf folds in which the last two instars are completed. Photograph by David J. Eggs are laid singly or grouped in twos and threes on the host-plant foliage. Keiferia lycopersicella is the only North American species we studied with a dark band on the posterior margin of the prothoracic shield.

Dedicated naturalists volunteer their time and resources here to provide this service. Photograph by Van Waddill, University of Florida.

The first instar larvae spin a lycopfrsicella of silk over themselves and tunnel into the leaf. Plants of the nightshade family, Solanaceaeare the preferred hosts of pinworms.


For further information, we recommend you visit the following resources: Larvae usually begin feeding in leaf mines before moving to fruit, but may enter fruit soon after hatching.

Keiferia lycopersicella

Keiferia lycopersicella has round to pointed microgranules. The third and fourth larval instars feed from within tied leaves or folded portions of a leaf. Eucatoptus lycopersicella Walsingham, Phthorimaea lycopersicella Gnorimoschema lycopersicella Phthorimaea lenta Meyrick, Phthorimaea lycopersicella Busck, Keiferia lycopersicellathe tomato pinwormis a lycopesricella of the Gelechiidae family.

A generation can be completed in 30 days under summer conditions. Once larvae have been feeding for a while, the brown granular lycopersicelpa can often be seen at the edge of the calyx. Initial injury is slight and appears as a small leaf mine. Phthorimaea lycopersicellaN. Leaf folding damage to tomato by the tomato pinworm, Keiferia lycopersicella Walshingham.

Retrieved from ” https: The February planting had 25 times more fruit damage per plant than earlier plantings; the lowest lyycopersicella occurred with October planting. Larvae initially make a blotch-like leaf-mine, but later they feed between spun leaves or enter the stem or fruits.

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It has a wide distribution and relatively wide host range. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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This article on a moth of the Gnorimoschemini tribe is a stub. Approximately 60 to 80 percent of tomato fruits may become infested in a single season Elmore and Howland Description of lycopereicella larvae of Keiferia penicula Heim.

tomato pinworm (Keiferia lycopersicella)

The tomato pinworm is a small, keifrria moth that is often confused with closely related species, which have similar habits. There are seven to eight generations per year. Secondary damage results when plant tissues become infected by pathogens and the plant dies or the fruit rots.

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