Submitted to: Journal of Lepidopterists Society
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/1/2009
Publication Date: 12/30/2009
Citation: Brown, J.W. 2009. Platynota Stultana Walsingham, the omnivorous Leafroller, resident in Florida?. Journal of Lepidopterists Society. 31(3):4. Interpretive Summary: The larvae of leaf-roller moths are important pests of agricultural, forest, and ornamental plants, causing billions of dollars in damage annually. This paper discusses one of these species, the Omnivorous leafroller, and provides details of its occurrence in Florida, where it is not native. This information will be useful to pest managers, especially those working with citrus, grapes, and bell peppers.
Technical Abstract: Platynota stultana, the omnivorous leafroller, is indigenous to northwestern Mexico and southwestern U.S. Over the last century it has increased its range considerably, and it is now a pest in urban, agricultural, and greenhouse situations throughout much of California. The species was reported from Florida in the 1960s, but these reports were considered suspect by many because its identification was based on larvae rather than adults. However, recent records of adults provide ample evidence of its establishment and persistence in Florida.