Tuta absoluta is native to Central America where larvae mine leaves, stalks and burrow into green and ripe fruits of tomatoes causing a yield loss of 100%. It has become an invasive species by expanding its range from Central America towards Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Southern Asia. A single female lays 250-300 eggs completing; 10-12 generation a year threating tomato production worldwide. While effective insecticides are limited, sex pheromone traps are widely used as an early detection tool to manage this pest. Tuta absoluta is a puzzling and a major challenge to develop a novel IPM.
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