EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 02 - 2009 Num. article: 2009/028

Situation of Rhagoletis completa in Germany in 2008

In Germany, Rhagoletis completa (Diptera: Tephritidae – EU Annexes) was first reported in Baden-Württemberg (EPPO RS 2004/133) in 2004. In September and October 2008, R. completa was detected on several trees of Juglans regia in private gardens, in Hessen and Bayern. The fruits showed typical symptoms caused by R. completa: husks were discoloured, soft, slimy and remained attached to the nutshell. The identity of the pest was determined morphologically. It is assumed that this infestation was the result of the natural spread of the pest in Germany. In some areas, phytosanitary measures were taken (e.g. nuts of infested trees were collected and destroyed).
The pest status of Rhagoletis completa in Germany is officially declared as: Present, widespread in Baden-Württemberg, fewer occurrences in some other areas. In general, no eradication measures are taken.


NPPO of Germany, 2009-02.