Rhynchophorus ferrugineus found in Vaucluse department (FR)
The NPPO of France recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the occurrence of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae – EPPO A2 List) in the department of Vaucluse (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region). In 2012-06-06, one beetle was caught in a trap located in the municipality of Cavaillon. This trap was part of the official trapping network of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region deployed in non-agricultural land and ornamental nurseries. It is supposed that this beetle had emerged from surrounding palm trees or from a nearby garden centre. Inspections are being carried out on the premises of the garden centre, as well as in the surroundings to delimit the extent of the infestation. This is the first time that R. ferrugineus is detected in the Vaucluse department.
The pest status of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus in France is officially declared as: Present, under eradication.
NPPO of France (2012-07).