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TUTA ABSOLUTA


Preferred Trap for this pest

Scientific Name Of The Pest : Tuta absoluta
Common Name of the Pest : Tomato leafminer
Host crops : Tomato, Potato.


Pest Identification:
Adult are about 10 mm long have filiform antennae and silverish-grey scales, black spots on anterior wings.

Damage:
Larvae of Tuta absoluta mine the leaves, flowers, shoots, and fruit of tomato as well as the leaves and tubers of potato. After hatching, larvae penetrate apical buds, flowers, new fruit, leaves, or stems. Conspicuous irregular mines and galleries as well as dark frass make infestations relatively easy to spot. The damage caused by this pest is severe, especially in young plants. In tomato, it can attack any plant part at any crop stage and can cause up to 100% crop destruction.



Life History :
Tuta absoluta is a holometabolous insect with a high rate of reproduction. It may be able to complete 10-12 generations per year depending on environmental conditions. Tuta absoluta completes a generation in 28 days. Adult males live longer than females. Both genders mate multiple times. The first mating usually occurs the day after adults emerge. Each female can lay up to 260 eggs in a lifetime. Freshly hatched larvae are light yellow or green and only 0.5 mm in length. As they mature, larvae develop a darker green color and a characteristic dark band posterior to the head capsule. Four larval instars develop. Larvae do not enter diapause when food is available. Pupation may take place in the soil, on the leaf surface,within mines or in packaging material. A cocoon is built if pupation does not take place in the soil.

Control Measures:
The female, 1 or 2 days after emergence, releases a potent sex pheromone that lures males to exhibit mating behaviour and copulation. By using of synthetic sex pheromones we can monitor population levels and trigger applications of chemicals.

tuta Pheromone Lure Details:
TUTA-A Lure
Dispenser - Septa.
Material - Silicon Rubber
Packaging - Individually Sachet Packed
Sachet Material - Foil Lined Laminate
Field Life Of Pheromone lure - 45 days

Host Crops

Tomato, Potato.

Host crop

sapota

Damaged fruits are unfit for human consumption. Damage symptoms do not vary on different crops.

Host crop

peach

Damaged fruits are unfit for human consumption. Damage symptoms do not vary on different crops.

Host crop

mangos

Damaged fruits are unfit for human consumption. Damage symptoms do not vary on different crops.

Host crop

Citrus

Damaged fruits are unfit for human consumption. Damage symptoms do not vary on different crops.

Host crop

Papaya

Damaged fruits are unfit for human consumption. Damage symptoms do not vary on different crops.

Host crop

Guava

Damaged fruits are unfit for human consumption. Damage symptoms do not vary on different crops.