First finding of Anoplophora chinensis in France
In May 2003, it can be recalled that few specimen of Anoplophora glabripennis (Coleoptera; Cerambycidae – EPPO A1 list) had been found for the first time in France in the city of Gien, and was subjected to eradication measures (EPPO RS 2003/114). In June 2003, another species, Anoplophora chinensis (EPPO A1 list) was discovered at Soyons (Ardèche department). 3 living adults were found during a survey carried out at a company importing bonsais. Further inspections took place and found that only two large maple trees (Acer saccharinum) were infested in the yard of this company. No mark of pest presence could be found on bonsais, or on other trees located in their surroundings. The 2 infested trees were felled, uprooted and burned in July 2003. All bonsai plants at risk were removed from sale. In July 2003, a decree of compulsory control against A. chinensis was published. This is the first report of A. chinensis in France. The situation of A. chinensis in France can be described as follows: Transient, under eradication.
Hérard, F. (2004) The Anoplophora spp. situation in France.
Paper presented at the U.S. Department of Agriculture interagency research forum on gypsy moth and other invasive species. 2004-01-13/16, Annapolis,, US.
Arrêté du 1er juillet 2003 relatif à la lutte contre Anoplophora chinensis.
Journal Officiel n°158 du 10 juillet 2003, p 11726