Pest Photo

Central Science Laboratory, Harpenden Archive, British Crown, United Kingdom

Potato Tuberworm

Phthorimaea operculella

Potato Tuberworm (Phthorimaea operculella) is an insect pest. It was first detected in North Carolina in 1932.

The potato tuberworm is becoming a pest in North Carolina. It seems to eat any plant in the Solanaceae family. In tobacco, the larvae are leaf miners and can cause severe damage to leaves, making them weigh less.

For more information about this plant pest, see the CABI data sheet.