35.126 Phthorimaea operculella (Zeller, 1873)

Status and Distribution

Primarily an adventive introduced with its main foodplant (potato). Taken at light on a few occasions suggesting it may possibly be an occasional migrant into southern England.

National Status: 


Bradley & Fletcher no: 

Photographer: Photo wanted

Provisional Map

Maps updated with all data received by January 2022.

Set Specimens

Dissection Group

Foodplant and Larval Feeding Signs

Imported Potato (Solanum tuberosum) and has been found feeding as a larva on an imported tomato from the Canary Islands.

In Europe associated with other Solanaceae spp. such as Solanum melongena, S. dulcamara (bittersweet), S. nigrum (black nightshade), Nicotiana glauca, N. tabacum, Lycopersicon esculentum (tomato), and Lycium europaeum.

Larval Occurrence

Larval Occurrence

Flight Period

Flight Period