Tuta absoluta was identified studying external morphology and male genitalia in Entomology Division, NARC, Nepal and verified by the Division of Entomology, IARI, New Delhi, India.
Preliminary survey conducted showed this South American tomato leaf miner has spread within Kathmandu valley and surrounding areas.
T. absoluta was found from 14 locations out of 17 locations surveyed during 16th May 2016 to 10th June 2016. Occurrence and infestation level of this pest at various places of Kathmandu valley and its vicinity district1.
All major tomato growing areas surveyed in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Kavrepalanchowk district showed presence of the South American tomato leaf miner.
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