Lacanobia oleracea

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Lacanobia oleracea (Linnaeus, 1758) - (tomato moth)

This medium-sized moth is found in Europe and some neighbouring countries. The caterpillars can be a serious pest of several crops, like tomatoes in greenhouses, feeding on the fruits and leaves. Various other plants may also be attacked, including potatoes, beet, fruit trees and other trees. Pupation takes place in the soil and the development from egg to adult lasts around one month. There are 1-3 generations per year, depending on the environmental conditions.

The adult moth has a wingspan of around 4 cm. The forewings are usually reddish brown, but the basic colouration can vary from light yellowish brown to brownish black. Typically, there is an orange mark on the forewing and a whitish line near the end.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Gemüseeule
• English: tomato moth
• Español: noctua de las huertas

Diataraxia oleracea
Mamestra oleracea
Polia oleracea