Incursion of Helicoverpa armigera in the Netherlands
The NPPO of the Netherlands recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of an isolated finding of Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae – EPPO A2 list). During routine surveillance, 1 L3 larva of H. armigera was found in a bean field (Phaseolus vulgaris) in the province of Zuid-Holland, near Oude-Tonge. A survey was then conducted within a radius of 1 km around the first finding. In total, 14 fields and 2 glasshouses of host plants were visually inspected. No further findings were made. Phytosanitary measures were applied in the infested field (complete destruction of the crop followed by an early ploughing).
The pest status of Helicoverpa armigera in the Netherlands is officially declared as follows: Absent, pest eradicated. Surveillance confirms that the pest has not established.
NPPO of the Netherlands, 2006-10.