Tuta absoluta reported for the first time from Lazio region, Italy
In Italy, the presence of Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae – EPPO A1 List) was first noted in 2008 in Calabria and then in Campania, Sardegna and Sicilia (EPPO RS 2009/023). During surveys carried out from March to April 2009, T. absoluta was found in glasshouse tomatoes in the region of Lazio for the first time. The pest was observed in the communes of Fondi, Terracina (both in the province of Latina), and Fiumicino (Roma).
The situation of Tuta absoluta in Italy can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2008, reported from Calabria, Campania, Lazio, Sardegna, and Sicilia.
NPPO of Italy, 2009-05.