Occurrence of Opogona sacchari in Germany
The NPPO of Germany recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of two occurrences of Opogona sacchari (A2 list) in Brandenburg and Baden-Württemberg.
In April 2005, larvae and adults of O. sacchari were detected on Alocasia and Strelitzia in a tropical glasshouse forming part of a recreation resort. Larvae were found in rotten leaves and shoots, as well as within the stems of these plants. After adult emergence, the species was identified in the laboratory as O. sacchari. Since October 2004, this tropical glasshouse had been continuously supplied with plants from two companies located in the Netherlands.
In June 2005, O. sacchari was detected in a nursery on Ficus retusa compacta (bonsai plants). The infestation was noticed when feeding damage in roots and bark became apparent with mortality of some plants. Infested plants had originally been supplied by a Dutch company.
The pest status of O. sacchari in Germany is officially declared as: Present, single cases; under eradication.
NPPO of Germany, 2005-07.