European pepper moth trapped in Collier County

04/07/2011 04:28:00 PM

European pepper moth, which some prefer to call Duponchelia pepper moth, now have been trapped in Collier County, according to a report from Gene McAvoy, University of Florida multi-county vegetable Extension specialist in LaBelle.

Traps placed near a pepper field by Glades Crop Care picked up two moths on March 21.

So far, the pest has been found in a total of 14 Florida counties, including Alachua, Polk, Hardee, Palm Beach, Highlands, Orange and Seminole.

The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services began surveys for the moth in September 2010.

For more information on the pepper moth, visit FDACS.

Click here for a pepper moth screening aid.

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