Morphometrics of Tomato Pin Worm Tuta absoluta Meyrick on Different Host Plants


  • Lakshmi Sireesha E. T. Department of Entomology, S V Agricultural College (ANGRAU), Tirupati 517502, Andhra Pradesh
  • Ramesh Babu T. Dean of Student Affairs (ANGRAU), Lam, Guntur 522034, A.P
  • Koteswara Rao S. R. Dean of Student Affairs (ANGRAU), Lam, Guntur 522034, A.P



Tuta absoluta, morphometrics, tomato, potato, brinjal, egg, larval instars, pupa, adult, length, width, host effects, favourable host


The morphometrics of the Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) reared on tomato, potato and brinjal were analysed at the Insectary, Department of Entomology, S V Agricultural College, Tirupati. The results showed that the mean length and width of egg, I, II, III and IV instar larvae, pupa and adult was maximum when reared on tomato. The mean width head capsule of all instars was also more. These findings clearly indicated the preference of T. absoluta for tomato compared to potato and brinjal.


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Sireesha E. T., L., T., R. B., & S. R., K. R. (2023). Morphometrics of Tomato Pin Worm <i>Tuta absoluta</i> Meyrick on Different Host Plants. Indian Journal of Entomology, 85(2), 410–412.



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