The Florida Division of Plant Industry has picked up the European pepper moth in Orange County.

It previous had been found in California, Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma, according to an e-mail from Florida multi-county vegetable Extension specialist Gene McAvoy.

DPI inspectors found it as soon as they placed traps.

Hosts include tomatoes, peppers, corn, cucumbers and herbs.

It is known scientifically as Duponchelia fovealis.

Extension specialists are encouraging growers and consultants to keep an eye out for the pest.

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