Be on the lookout for the European pepper moth

10/04/2010 02:00:00 AM

A European pepper moth was caught in a pheromone trap near Vista, Calif., in July, followed shortly afterward with finds in Colorado, Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma.

In late September, it was confirmed in Georgia, according to the Florida Division of Plant Industry.

Hosts include tomatoes, peppers, corn, cucumbers and herbs.

A native of the Mediterranean, the European pepper moth lay single or masses of three to 10 eggs in overlapping tile-like fashion.

The eggs are laid either on the undersides of leaves closed ot the veins, low down on the stalks, at the base of the host plant or in the upper soil layer.

The larvae feed externally on leaves, flowers and buds and bore into the stems and fruit.

It is known scientifically as Duponchelia fovealis

If you see an insect matching the description in the photo, contact your local university entomologist or Extension specialist.

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