Neoleucinodes elegantalis

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Neoleucinodes elegantalis (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): M. Alma Solis, USDA-ARS
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Neoleucinodes elegantalis (Guenée) - (tomato fruit borer)

The moth is found in South and Central America and is a pest of tomato. The female lays eggs on small, green tomato fruits. The hatching larvae bore into the fruits, causing yield losses of up to 50%. Other crops may also be attacked. The development from egg to adult lasts around 6-8 weeks.

Vernacular names
• English: tomato fruit borer
small tomato borer
• Español: pasador del fruto de las solanáceas
• Français: petit foreur de la tomate
• Português: broca-pequena-do-tomateiro

Management involves the removal of alternate solanaceous hosts and plant debris after harvest as well as crop rotation. Resistant tomato varieties are under development.