EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 01 - 2003 Num. article: 2003/003

Rhagoletis cingulata does not occur in Germany

During summer 1999, Rhagoletis cingulata (Diptera: Tephritidae - EPPO A1 quarantine pest) was caught for the first time in Germany (one specimen) near Dörscheid in Rheinland-Pfalz (see EPPO RS 2001/006). Further studies were then conducted to assess the situation of R. cingulata in Germany. The NPPO of Germany recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the results of investigations carried out in summer 2002. Information on R. cingulata was given to consultants and inspectors working in the field of fruit growing, and according to these, there was no indication of occurrence or damage by R. cingulata, neither in the past nor in 2002. A detection survey was also conducted in cherry orchards and Prunus serotina, using yellow plates. The traps were located at the place where R. cingulata had been found in 1999 and its immediate vicinity, as well as in the cherry-growing area of this region. A total of 74 traps was examined under the binocular. No R. cingulata was detected, while more than 2000 specimen of R. cerasi were counted. It is concluded that R. cingulata has not established. It is suspected that the single individual detected in 1999 may have been introduced by tourist movement. The pest status of R. cingulata in Germany is declared as follows: Absent (single specimen found in 1999. A detection survey conducted in 2002 failed to find any further occurrence).


NPPO of Germany, 2003-01