First report of Leptinotarsa decemlineata in Iraq
In October 2003, Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Colorado beetle - Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, EPPO A2 list) was observed for the first time in Iraq. The pest was found in Dahuk Governorate, north of Iraq, and it then spread to Mosul Governorate during 2003/2004. Field workers indicated that the insect had been observed earlier in the country. Serious outbreaks led the Ministry of Agriculture to recommend chemical treatments to prevent further spread of the pest.
The situation of Leptinotarsa decemlineata in Iraq can be described as follows: Present, first reported in 2003, in the north of the country (Dahuk, Mosul governorates).
El-Jboory I (2004) A new potato pest in Northern Iraq. Disease and pest outbreaks – Iraq.
Arab and Near East Plant Protection Newsletter, no. 38, June 2004, p 27.