Outbreak of Spodoptera litura in aquarium plants in Germany
In April 2002, and again in July 2002, Spodoptera litura (EPPO A1 quarantine pest) was detected in a glasshouse of a company propagating and producing aquarium plants. The company is located in Baden-Württemberg. Larvae were detected on mother plants of Ludwigia and Eichhornia sp. The plants showed symptoms of feeding. Eradication measures have been taken, and the company is being subject to regular inspections. The infestation is most likely due to introduction with aquatic plants that are regularly imported by the company from Far East countries (Indonesia or Singapore).
The NPPO of Germany declares the pest status of Spodoptera litura as: Transcient: actionable, under eradication.
NPPO of Germany, 2003-01.