EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 04 - 2011 Num. article: 2011/073

First report of Tuta absoluta in Iraq

In Iraq, tomato crops were surveyed for the presence of Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae – EPPO A2 List) during autumn 2010. The pest was found near Rabia (Ninawa Governorate, northern part of the country neighbouring Syria). The situation of Tuta absoluta in Iraq can be described as follows: Present, first found in autumn 2010 in Ninawa Governorate.


Abdul Razzak AS, Al-Yasiri II, Fadhil HQ (2010) First record of tomato borer (tomato moth) Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) on tomato crop in Iraq, 2010. Arab and Near East Plant Protection Newsletter no. 51, p 31.