New Pest Alert: European Pepper Moth
December 3, 2010
The European Pepper Moth, Duponchelia fovealis Zeller (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), a Mediterranean Pest Moth Discovered in Central Florida
The European pepper moth, Duponchelia fovealis, was detected outside a wholesale nursery in Orlando, Orange County, Florida, on October 13, 2010, and a nursery in Apopka, also Orange County, Florida, on October 14, 2010. The specimens were collected by a USDA-APHIS-PPQ inspector during a national survey triggered by finds in other US states. The European pepper moth was first reported in North America in 2004. This species had not previously been collected in Florida. It is highly likely it entered Florida via the transport of infested plants or other nursery material from other states.
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