Tuta absoluta

Common name: South American tomato pinworm, tomato leafminer, tomato pinworm, South American tomato moth


The adult is a moth, 6-7mm long, brown with black spots on anterior wings. The first- instar larvae are whitish becoming greenish, while in the second to fourth-instar larvae are light pink. They feed inside the leaf producing large galleries, causing up to 100% loss of yield. It has many generations per year and it’s considered to be the most severe pest of tomato.


Leaves: extensive mines on leaves, necrotic areas

Stem: necrotic areas

Fruits: visible exit holes on fruits, premature drop, reduced size, internal feeding

Hosts: tomato, potato, eggplant, pepper, tobacco and some solanaceous weeds

Kingdom Animalia
Class Insecta
Order Lepidoptera
Family Gelechiidae
Genus Tuta
Species absoluta

Mohamed Abdel-Raheem, (2017). The tomato leaf miner, Tuta absoluta, Biology, Morphology and Control: The tomato leaf miner T. absoluta. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing