The tomato fruit borer, Neoleucinodes elegantalis (Guenée) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), an insect pest of Neotropical solanaceous fruits.- Chapter uri icon


  • The tomato fruit borer, Neoleucinodes elegantalis (Guenée) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) is one of the most important pests in the production of Solanaceae in South America. The larva of this insect develops inside the fruit, feeding on the mesocarp and the endosperm and caused damage that fluctuates between 13 and 77% (Costa Lima, 1949). This insect is considered a quarantine pest for several countries in the Americas (ICA and SOCOLEN, 1998; SAG, 2005; USDA et al., 2005; SENASA, 2007). The objective of this chapter is to report several aspects of its biology, dynamics, damage, geographical range and integrated pest management and to provide information on species of the same genus.

Fecha de publicación

  • 2013