First record of Epitrix similaris in Galicia, Spain
The presence of Epitrix similaris (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae –EPPO A2 List) in Galicia (Spain) was first reported in a paper by Boavida and Germain (2009). As a consequence, the competent authorities of the Autonomous Community of Galicia initiated an intensive survey to verify the situation in Galicia. As a result, E. similaris was found in several potato (Solanum tuberosum) plots located in different parts of Galicia. Concerning damage, small holes were detected in leaves (this may reduce photosynthesis and affect the final crop yield). Small galleries and warts were also observed on the surface of affected potato tubers. Several measures are being taken to control the pest, including preventive measures (e.g. destruction of affected plant waste, crop rotation in infested fields), and chemical treatments. A fact sheet providing information about the pest is also available (in Spanish) on the official website of the Autonomous Community of Galicia.
NPPO of Spain (2010-12)
Boavida C, Germain JF (2009) Identification and pest status of two exotic flea beetle species newly introduced in Portugal: Epitrix similaris Gentner and Epitrix cucumeris (Harris). Bulletin OEPP/EPPO Bulletin 29(3), 501-508.
Deputación Pontevedra. Estación Fitopatolóxica do Areeiro. Epitrix similaris Gentner. Pulguilla de la patata. http://www.efa-dip.org/comun/publicaciones/FTecnicas/Download/Ficha54_Epitrix.pdf