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National Status: Adventive
Local Status: Very rare adventive
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
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Argus 58, 2009: This is an adventive species of Central American origin, first recorded in Europe from Spain in 2006. The larvae mine fruits of tomato. It was first intercepted in Britain in Yorkshire and has subsequently been introduced with imported tomatoes from Spain and Italy at a number of UK locations. Despite statutory control measures being put in place, outbreaks at tomato production sites have since occurred. It is a considerable pest species.
The first UK record was from a tomato packing site in North Yorkshire on 2.3.2009 and by the end of the year the moths presence had been confirmed at seven packing warehouses and two tomato production sites in Yorkshire. The location of these sites is not stated, but includes the 'East Riding'. (Food & Environmental Research Agency, per EDC). NEW COUNTY RECORD.