Incursion of Ceratitis capitata in Austria
The NPPO of Austria recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the detection of Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae – EPPO A2 List) on peaches (Prunus persica) in the region of Vienna. C. capitata was caught in a private garden in a pheromone trap during a monitoring programme carried out at a regional level. The insect was identified on the basis of morphological characters by the laboratory of AGES (Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety). The origin of the pest could not be clarified. The Regional Plant Protection Service has ordered the destruction of all infested fruit and the application of an insecticide treatment. It is planned to continue the monitoring of the pest in different sites of the Vienna region in 2012.
The pest status of Ceratitis capitata in Austria is officially declared as: Transient, actionable, under surveillance.
NPPO of Austria (2012-01).