Rhagoletis cingulata detected in Aquitaine (FR)
In France, the presence of Rhagoletis cingulata (Diptera: Tephritidae - EPPO A2 List) was reported for the first time in 2010, in one locality in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region (EPPO RS 2010/181). In July 2011, the pest was also detected in the Aquitaine region. R. cingulata was caught in a walnut plantation (Juglans regia) which was monitored for the presence of another fruit fly, Rhagoletis completa. Investigations are being carried out to identify the potential host plants of R. cingulata in this area which is mainly cultivated with cereals (non-hosts). A national monitoring programme has been initiated to better understand the situation of R. cingulata in France. Appropriate phytosanitary measures are also being studied by the NPPO.
The situation of Rhagoletis cingulata in France can be described as follows: Present, first trapped in 2010 at one site in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, also caught in 2011 in Aquitaine, under official control.
NPPO of France (2011-07).