Agrilus planipennis found in Virginia (US)
The emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis (Coleoptera: Buprestidae – EPPO Alert List) has recently been reported in Virginia (US). It was discovered that, despite restrictions imposed on the movement on host plants, ash trees (Fraxinus) had been shipped by an infested nursery in Michigan to another nursery in Prince George’s County, Maryland (see EPPO RS 2003/148). 16 of the infested trees were then planted in the nearby Fairfax county in Virginia. All trees were removed and burnt. However, prior to destruction, observations revealed the presence of exit holes characteristic of A. planipennis. This indicates a strong possibility that adults may have escaped. In order to prevent any further spread in Virginia, all ash trees located within a 800 m radius of the initial infestation site will be destroyed.
NAPPO Pest Alert, 2004-02.
Emerald ash borer Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) discovered in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Web site of Fairfax County – Virginia.
Emerald ash borer infects area of Fairfax County.