Diabrotica virgifera virgifera eradicated from the Netherlands
In 2003, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae – EPPO A2 List) was found for the first time in the Netherlands, near Schiphol airport (EPPO RS 2003/142). In 2005, 5 specimens were caught at 4 locations. But since then, the pest has no longer been detected during regular surveys conducted in demarcated zones, maize-growing areas, and near airports. Since no specimens of D. virgifera virgifera have been caught for 3 consecutive years, the NPPO of the Netherlands now considers that the pest has been eradicated.
The pest status of Diabrotica virgifera virgifera in the Netherlands is officially declared as: Absent, pest eradicated, confirmed by surveys in 3 subsequent years.
NPPO of the Netherlands, 2009-02.