Single beetle of Anoplophora chinensis detected in the United Kingdom
The NPPO of United Kingdom recently reported to the EPPO Secretariat the finding of Anoplophora chinensis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae – EPPO A2 List) on its territory. A single beetle was found by a member of the public in a private garden in Greater Manchester. The beetle was captured and killed before being sent to the Forestry Commission for identification. The NPPO conducted a thorough inspection of the garden concerned and the host plant (Acer palmatum) from which the beetle had probably emerged was identified and removed. The immediate area surrounding the finding site (i.e. 10 neighbouring gardens located within a radius of 20 m) was inspected and no further signs of infestation were detected. The survey is currently being extended to 100 m (incorporating approximately 40 households). Publicity has also been distributed to the inhabitants of the area concerned. The infested A. palmatum plant was analysed and a single exit hole was detected. This A. palmatum plant had been purchased from a local retailer approximately 4 to 5 years ago; however, its exact age or origin could not be determined. For the moment, there is no evidence that a pest population has developed but surveillance will continue.
The situation of Anoplophora chinensis in the United Kingdom can be described as follows: Transient, under eradication.
NPPO of the United Kingdom (2011-09).