Rhynchophorus ferrugineus found on Howea forsteriana in Sicilia (IT)
The NPPO of Italy recently informed the EPPO Secretariat that Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae – EPPO A2 List) was found on Howea forsteriana (syn. Kentia forsteriana, Arecaceae) in the city of Palermo, Sicilia (IT). The pest was observed in a private garden on 5 plants of H. forsteriana. One of the plants was already completely defoliated and showed the typical symptoms caused by R. ferrugineus. During the destruction of the plants, adults and larvae were observed inside the stipes.
NPPO of Italy, 2009-02.