This moth was first known as a tomato pest in many South American countries. In 2006, it was identified in Spain. The following year it was detected in France, Italy, Greece, Malta, Morocco, Algeria and Libya. In 2009, Turkey In 2010. The advance of Tuta absoluta continued to the East to reach Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Iran. Further advances southward reached Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman and the rest of the Gulf states. In Africa, Tuta absoluta moved from Egypt to reach Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia from the East and to reach the Senegal from the west. The first identification Kenya was done early this year (2014) through use of pheromone traps.