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Indian Journal of Entomology
Year : 2015, Volume : 77, Issue : 4
First page : ( 323) Last page : ( 329)
Print ISSN : 0367-8288. Online ISSN : 0974-8172.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-8172.2015.00070.X

Occurrence of tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) An invasive pest from India

Shashank P. R.1,*, Chandrashekar K.2, Meshram Naresh M.1, Sreedevi K.1

1Network Project on Insect Biosystematics, Division of Entomology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi-110012

2Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Regional Station, I. T. I. Road, Aundh, Pune, 411007

*Email: spathour@gmail.com

Online published on 3 December, 2015.


The South American tomato pinworm, Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) is an invasive pest of tomato that is rapidly expanding around the world. This paper presents the first report of the occurrence from India. Several individuals were collected from polyhouses and fields during the survey conducted in 2014 and 2015. A preliminary taxonomic note on this pest with diagnosis and known distribution is provided.



Tomato leaf miner, Tuta, invasive pest, field surveys, damage symptoms, diagnosis.


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