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Subject: Potato tuber moth introduced into Canary Islands, Spain
Date posted: October 29, 2001
Source: EPPO Reporting Service
The potato tuber moth, Tecia solanivora (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), has been introduced into to the Canary Islands. Severe moth outbreaks were noted in the north of the island of Tenerife in 1999, and identified as T. solanivora in March 2000. In 2001, Spanish local newspapers reported potato production losses approaching 50% in northern Tenerife, blamed on a combination of the moth and severe drought. It is thought the pest was introduced illegally with potatoes from Venezuela, Colombia, or Ecuador. This is the first report of T. solanivora in Europe. A NAPPO Phytosanitary Alert posted in May 2001 can be found at http://www.pestalert.org/Detail.CFM?recordID=49.