Tomato Pinworm!

A few of my lovely tomatoes have fallen prey to the tomato pinworm, also known as Keiferia lycopersicella (Walshingham). During their lives as worms, they drill small pin-sized holes into the tomato. They eventually become moths. Throw away affected tomatoes. I took this photo minutes ago. They attack other members of the nightshade family as well, including eggplant and potatoes. A very informative website on the tomato pinworm, with good photos (so you can see the types of damages these pests cause) and helpful tips on managing this pest, can be found here:

UPDATE:  April 24, 2010 – The above website is broken. Here is a new link for information on managing tomato pinworms:

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE: The non-fruit parts of tomato plants are poisonous if ingested. More information on toxic plants can be found here:


2 Responses

  1. couldn’t follow the link to the pest site

    what are some things to fight that pest?
    I have tomatoes growing in socal right now and would like to know ahead of time in case I got something similar. Thanks

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