New garden pest invades U.S. Northeast

Leek Moth

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has verified the presence of the Leek Moth (Acrolepiopsis assectella) in Plattsburgh, N.Y. “It’s in Canada, so it’s not surprising that we’d see it here sooner or later,” explains Amy Ivy, executive director for the Cornell Cooperative Extension office in Clinton County.

The moth, native to Europe, was first recorded in Ontario in 1993. Its habit is to tunnel into the leaves of allium species (leeks, onions, and garlic), stunting the plants’ growth and laying them open to bacterial and fungal infections. Read more here.

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