EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 09 - 2012 Num. article: 2012/192

Studies on flying distances of Monochamus galloprovincialis

In 2009 and 2010, studies were conducted in Spain (near Teruel, in Aragon) to improve understanding of the behaviour of Monochamus galloprovincialis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae - vector of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus) and its flying capacity. Preliminary results obtained in 2009 showed that the maximum flying distance of M. galloprovincialis was approximately of 1800;m. In 2010, improvements were made in the trial design (individual marking of insects, use of different types of traps). In total 1198 insects were released and 81 were recaptured (6.7%). The maximum distance at which M. galloprovincialis could be recaptured was of 7100 m. Out of the 81 recaptured insects, 18 (22%) had reached distances of more than 1800 m, and 11 (14%) of more than 3000 m.


Hernández R, Ortiz A, Pérez V, Gil JM, Sánchez G (2011) Monochamus galloprovincialis (Olivier, 1975) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), comportamiento y distancias de vuelo. Boletin de Sanidad Vegetal. Plagas 37(1), 79-96.