First record of Diabrotica virgifera in Poland
The NPPO of Poland recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first record of Diabrotica virgifera (EPPO A2 list). Beetles were found for the first time in Poland at 2 places in the south-eastern part (Podkarpackie voivodship). On the 22nd of August, the pest was found in a trap at Dukla, near an international road (Rzeszów – Barwinek) leading to Slovakia. The nearest maize field was situated 6 km away. On the 25th of August, another finding was made in a maize field near the airport of Jasionka (close to Rzeszów). The distance between the two foci is approximately 50 km. The situation in the southern regions of Poland is currently being assessed to implement adequate measures in order to prevent spread of the insect.
The situation of D. virgifera in Poland can be described as follows: Present, first found in the south-east in 2005.
NPPO of Poland, 2005-09.