EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 05 - 2012 Num. article: 2012/104

New data on quarantine pests and pests of the EPPO Alert List

By searching through the literature, the EPPO Secretariat has extracted the following new data concerning quarantine pests and pests included on the EPPO Alert List. The situation of the pest concerned is indicated in bold, using the terms of ISPM no. 8.

  • New records

In Spain, Blastopsylla occidentalis (Hemiptera: Psyllidae) was detected for the first time in November 2009 on nursery plants of Eucalyptus camaldulensis in the province of Huelva (Andalucía). Further investigations showed that this eucalyptus psyllid also occurred in several other localities of the Huelva province, as well as in the Algarve, in Portugal. For the moment, only low populations of B. occidentalis were found (often co-existing with another introduced psyllid, Glycaspis brimblecombei) and no particular damage was observed (Pérez-Otero et al., 2011).

In the Czech Republic, the presence of Cydalima perspectalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae – formerly EPPO Alert List) was detected for the first time during faunistic studies carried out in the Podyjí National Park (Šumpich, 2011).

In Hungary, Cydalima perspectalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae – formerly EPPO Alert List) was found for the first time in September 2011 in the Botanical Garden of the University of Sopron. The insect was caught in a light trap. The authors of this paper also report the presence of C. perspectalis in Slovenia on the basis of a personal communication with Dr Matjaž Jež (Sáfián and Horváth, 2011).

In Turkey, Cydalima perspectalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae – formerly EPPO Alert List) was found for the first time in June 2011 in the campus of the Istanbul University. Further investigations detected the pest in other parks and gardens of the European side of Istanbul on Buxus sempervirens and B. sempervirens cv. ‘Aureovariegata’ (Hizal et al., 2012).

Stephanitis takeyai (Heteroptera: Tingidae – formerly EPPO Alert List) was found for the first time in Hungary in July 2011. The pest was observed at Szombathely in the Kámoni Arboretum, feeding on the underside of leaves of Pieris japonica (Vétek et al., 2012).


Hizal E, Kose M, Yesil C, Kaynar D (2012) The new pest Cydalima perspectalis (Walker, 1859) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) in Turkey. Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances 11(3), 400-403.
Pérez-Otero RJ, Mansilla P, Borrajo P, Ruiz F (2011) First report of Blastopsylla occidentalis Taylor (Homoptera: Psyllidae) in the Iberian Peninsula. Boletín de Sanidad Vegetal – Plagas 37(2), 139-144.
Sáfián S, Horváth B (2011) Box tree moth - Cydalima perspectalis (Walker, 1859), new member in the Lepidoptera fauna of Hungary (Lepidoptera: Crambidae). Natura Somogyiensis 19, 245-246.
Šumpich J (2011) [Die Schmetterlinge der Nationalparke Podyjí und Thayatal]. Správa Národního parku Podyjí, Znojmo (CZ), 428 pp (in Czech).
Vétek G, Kondorosy E, Maráczi L (2012) [First record of the andromeda lace bug (Stephanitis takeyai Drake et Maa) (Heteroptera: Tingidae) in Hungary. Növényvédelem 48(1), 21-26 (in Hungarian).