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Phthorimaea operculella (Potato tuberworm)

Synonyms: Gelechia sedata; Gelechia tabacella; Phthorimaea piscipellis; Phthorimaea solanella; Phthorimaea terrella

Wikipedia Abstract

Phthorimaea operculella, also known as the potato tuber moth or tobacco splitworm, is a major pest on potatoes in New Zealand and South Africa. It has a worldwide distribution. The body length is about 10mm and the wingspan is about 12mm. The larva is called potato tuberworm. In South Africa, the spider Selenops radiatus has proved to be an effective controlling agent for this species. The wasp Diadegma mollipla, which exists in South Africa, is a parasite of the moth's larvae. An older synonym is Bryotropha solanella, where solanella indicates its host, the potato (Solanum tuberosum).
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Prey / Diet

Capsicum annuum (cayenne pepper)[1]
Datura stramonium (moonflower)[1]
Nicotiana tabacum (cultivated tobacco)[1]
Physalis peruviana (Peruvian groundcherry)[1]
Physalis viscosa (grape groundcherry)[1]
Solanum aviculare (Kangaroo Apple)[2]
Solanum dulcamara (deadly nightshade)[3]
Solanum laciniatum (Kangaroo Apple)[2]
Solanum lycopersicum (Currant Tomato)[1]
Solanum tuberosum subsp. andigena (Irish potato)[3]
Zea mays (corn)[3]



Attributes / relations provided by
1HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
2New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Plant-SyNZ™ database
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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