Incursion of Diabrotica virgifera virgifera in Germany
The NPPO of Germany recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first incursions of Diabrotica virgifera virgifera (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae – EPPO A2 List) in Baden-Württemberg and Bayern. On 2007-07-03, a male adult of D. virgifera virgifera was caught for the first time in a pheromone trap near the airport of Lahr (South-West of Baden-Württemberg) and in total 6 beetles were later caught in this area. On 2007-08-14 and 08-16, a total of 4 adults were trapped in a maize field close to a harbour along the Danube river next to Passau (Bayern), and on 2007-08-17, one specimen was trapped in the close vicinity of the airport of Munich (Bayern). On 2007-08-22, 19 adults were caught at Salem-Rickenbach (Lake of Constance, Baden-Württemberg). In all areas concerned, measures have been taken according to Commission Decision 2006/564/EC* and according to the German Guideline for Official Measures against D. virgifera virgifera in order to eradicate the infestations.
The status of Diabrotica virgifera virgifera in Germany is officially declared as follows: Transient; actionable, under eradication.
* Commission Decision 2006/564/EC of 11 August 2006 amending Decision 2003/766/EC on emergency measures to prevent the spread within the Community of Diabrotica virgifera Le Conte.
NPPO of Germany, 2007-09.