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Pest Risk Analysis - Leucinodes orbonalis


Leucinodes orbonalis enters Netherlands with imported fruits from infested tropical areas. It is very unlikely that this species can establish outdoors in the Netherlands. The risk that it will transfer to a suitable host in glasshouses is very low, except for a particular situation in which imported fruits are sold in glasshouse production sites with host plants. If L. orbonalis would establish in Dutch glasshouses, it could cause serious damage in eggplant. Solanum pot plants, tomato and sweet pepper may also act as host plants and suffer damage. It is, however, uncertain how serious damage will be in these crops. In the USA, L. orbonalis has been intercepted from 1984 onwards in host plant fruits in baggage of passengers entering the country. These import checks are not on a 100%-level, but there are no records of L. orbonalis outbreaks in the USA. It must be noted that (commercial) import of host plant fruit from infested areas is forbidden in the USA. Also in the Netherlands or elsewhere in the EU, no records of L. orbonalis outbreaks are know, despite the fact that eggplant fruits were not regularly inspected before 2004 and many entries of the pest must have occurred in the past in the Netherlands and other EU member states. Because of this very low risk of entry and successful establishment in glasshouse production sites in the Netherlands, L. orbonalis does not qualify as a quarantine organism


  • Leucinodes orbonalis


  • Capsicum annuum
  • Cucurbita sp.
  • Pisum sativum
  • Solanum lycopersicum
  • Solanum melongena
  • Solanum nigrum
  • Solanum tuberosum


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PRA Area

  • Netherlands