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Common Name

Tomato leafminer. It is also known as the tomato pinworm or the South American tomato moth.

Scientific Name

Tuta absoluta. It has had several names since it was first described, the last being Scrobipalpuloides absoluta. A moth in the Gelechiidae.

AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
Information from CABI Tuta absoluta (tomato leafminer) (2019). Crop Protection Compendium. (; and Tomato leaf miner (Tuta absoluta) (2015). Fact Sheet. (; and from Tuta absoluta. Wikipedia. ( Photo 1. Dr Andrea Minuto. Leaf mines caused by Tuta absoluta on tomato. CERSAA, Albenga (IT). ( Photo 2&4 Marja van der Straten, NVWA Plant Protection Service, Photo 3 Sangmi Lee, Hasbrouck Insect Collection, Arizona State University,

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project HORT/2016/185: Responding to emerging pest and disease threats to horticulture in the Pacific islands, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

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