Tomato leafminers: Distinguishing between Tuta absoluta and Liriomyza spp.

Find out more about the key diagnostic features of leaf-mining insects.

There are two types of pests that cause this kind of damage: The moth, tuta absoluta, and the flies, Liriomyza spp.

Biological features of Tuta absoluta and Liriomyza spp. leafminers

Compare the life-cycle stages and biological features of these leaf-mining insects found in the UK, so that you can distinguish between them if found in your tomato crop.

Read about the biological features of these pests

Tomato crop damage caused by Tuta absoluta and Liriomyza spp.

To help you identify and distinguish between these two leafminer species found in the UK, read about the different features of crop damage they cause in tomato crops.

Tomato crop damage caused by these leafminers

Useful links

Download our protected edibles Crop Walkers’ Guide to help you identify pests, diseases, nutrient and cultural disorders within your crop

Read information about how to control Tuta absoluta in your crops

Find more news and information on integrated pest management via our IPM hub


The content on this page was authored for AHDB by Dr Rob Jacobson (Rob Jacobson Consultancy Ltd).

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