Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2004, 52, 183-196
Published online 2015-07-18

The Guatemalan potato tuber moth (Scrobipalpopsis solanivora Povolný, 1973) before the gateways of Europe (Lepidoptera, Gelechiidae)

Dalibor Povolný

Ústav zoologie a včelařství, Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Česká republika

After its spread through many potato growing states of South America the Guatemalan potato tuber moth (Scrobipalpopsis solanivora Povolný, 1973) was introduced into the Canary Islands (1998 – 2000) and caused several outbreaks both in potato fields and stores. This paper deals with the generic status of this insect pest and summarizes the most important results of its studies and research. This paper is aimed mainly at the European institutions of plant protection reacting especially on the needs expressed by the European Plant Production Organisation (EPPO). The paper is accompanied by coloured figures of moths and damage on potato tubers and with sketches of taxonomically important characters of the pest.


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