First report of Aromia bungii in Italy
In September 2012, the presence of Aromia bungii (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae – EPPO Alert List) was reported for the first time in Italy. The pest was found in the province of Napoli (Campania region), in an urban area located between Napoli and Pozzuoli, on several plum (Prunus domestica) and apricot (P. armeniaca) trees growing in parks and gardens. The infestation was first noticed by members of the public who alerted the Italian NPPO. Frass and exit holes have been observed, as well as larvae in the lower part of the trunk and in branches, mainly at the subcortical level. A. bungii has been identified on the basis of its morphological characteristics, and molecular analysis is currently being performed for confirmation. Considering the potential risks that A. bungii may present for many woody plant species, infested plum and apricot trees have been destroyed, intensive surveys are being carried out and an information campaign has been initiated to raise public awareness. Finally, a specific action plan against A. bungii is under development.
The situation of Aromia bungii in Italy can be described as follows: Present, first reported in 2012 in the province of Napoli (Campania region), under eradication.
NPPO of Italy (2012-10).
Servizio Fitosanitario Regionale – Regione Campania. http://www.agricoltura.regione.campania.it/difesa/aromia.html