Official Pest Reports

Official Pest Reports are provided by National Plant Protection Organizations within the NAPPO region. These Pest Reports are intended to comply with the International Plant Protection Convention's Standard on Pest Reporting, endorsed by the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures in March 2002.

USA Flag Duponchelia fovealis found in California
Date posted: 07/29/2010
Contact: Eileen Smith, Program Manager, (301) 734-5235
Duponchelia fovealis Zeller (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) was found in San Diego County, California in a pheromone trap on July 1, 2010. This moth is native to southern Europe and North Africa, and feeds on a wide range of commercially-grown host plants, such as corn, rose, pomegranate, geranium, poinsettia, pepper, and azalea. Larval feeding results in reduction in yield and quality of host plants. Delimiting surveys have been initiated to define the current distribution of this pest in the United States.

Under IPPC standards, Duponchelia fovealis is considered to be a pest that is transient: actionable, under surveillance in the United States.