Findings of Leptinotarsa decemlineata in Finland
The NPPO of Finland has recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the finding of Leptinotarsa decemlineata in Finland. In June-September 2002, the pest was found in 55 farms producing potato and in 269 home gardens. Measures have been taken to destroy the pest. A heavy storm at the beginning of June is thought to be the source of introduction. This storm developed in the eastern part of Estonia, where L. decemlineata occurs, and passed over the south-east and east of Finland, where the pest was later found. It is thought that some beetles may overwinter in 2002-2003 in the South-East and East of Finland.
NPPO of Finland, 2002-10