An adventive pest species of Neotropical origin, first introduced into Europe (Spain) in 2007. Since then, has been found in Morroco, Algeria and the Netherlands (2008), spreading further and extensively across Europe, including France between 2009 and 2010.
Initially associated with imported tomatoes, but since the first wild caught specimens in England (three sites in 2010), it has been attracted to light traps on an increasing number of occasions. This has occurred over a wide geographical area in situations that indicate populations may have, temporarily, become established in the wild, such as in the Midlands, as well as arriving as a primary immigrant at light traps in southern and eastern England and southern Ireland. Proof of more permanent establishment of a wild population would require evidence of use of plants such as Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet) or areas where tomato plants survive outdoors.
FERA have instigated control measures and it is recommended anyone finding this species refers to http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/plantHealth/pestsDiseases/tomatoMoth.cfm