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

Adult Duponchelia fovealis moth. Arrow points to the undulating white line in the forewing that is distinctive to the European pepper moth.

Photograph credit: Robin Barfoot

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.

See entire pest alert from DPI (PDF)

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