Spud pest in Spain
The Guatemalan potato moth is getting nearer.
This South American pest has been in the Canary Islands since 1999, and in September, 2015, was reported in Galicia, Spain, where eradication efforts are under way. Likely to be a serious pest only in warmer countries, it attacks potatoes and other crops in storage. Growers at Muxía in Galicia has now started destroying potatoes from six warehouses, after the pest apparently jumped 140km from the nearest known outbreak, leading the mayor of Muxía to question the regional government of Galicia on why their control mechanisms have failed.
What potatoes look like after a Guatemalan moth attack.