Diabrotica virgifera detected in Ile de France (FR)
In France, within the framework of the national survey programme initiated in 1999, 67 adult specimens of Diabrotica virgifera (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae – EPPO A2 list) were caught at Pierrelay (department Val d’Oise, region Ile de France) during summer 2004. Their identity was confirmed by the National Laboratory of Entomology. Pierrelay is located within the buffer zone of the 2002 focus which was found near Roissy (see EPPO RS 2002/139). Phytosanitary measures are being implemented according to French phytosanitary regulations (national decree of compulsory control of 2002-08-22 modified in 2004-07-13 and internal instructions given by the French NPPO). A focus zone of 5 km radius, surrounded by a security zone and a buffer zone of 10 km and 40 km radius, respectively, will be delimited. Chemical treatments will also be applied. It is noted that parts of the security zone of the 2002 focus around Roissy are parts of the new security zone, and that the new buffer zone is at the border of 3 French administrative regions: Ile de France, Haute Normandie and Picardie.
NPPO of France, 2004-08.