Host plants such as Solanum lycopersicum (Tomatoes), Solanum melongena (Eggplant) and Solanum tuberosum (Potato), may be affected if Tuta absoluta should establish in the areas where it was detected.
Several Lepidoptera specimens were detected in yellow delta traps baited with a male sex pheromone. Tuta absoluta was positively identified by a taxonomist from five traps placed on the eastern border of the Mpumalanga province with Mozambique. No crop or other host damage was reported.
Traps were set alongside the border with Mozambique in the Mpumalanga province. Tuta absoluta was detected in five of those traps.
Mainly tomato production in the areas where the pest found.
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