Rhagoletis cingulata detected for the first time in Languedoc-Roussillon region (FR)
In France, Rhagoletis cingulata (Diptera: Tephritidae – EPPO A2 List) was detected for the first time in 2010 in 1 production site (Prunus sp.) in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and then in another production site (Juglans regia) in Aquitaine (EPPO RS 2010/181 and 2011/174). Eradication measures were applied on these sites and a national trapping programme was initiated to monitor the pest. In September 2012, 2 adults of R. cingulata were identified on a trap which was located in a cherry tree (Prunus avium cv. ‘Noir de Meched’) near experimental cherry orchards in Languedoc-Roussillon. No other captures were made. Phytosanitary measures were taken to eradicate the pest. The grower was ordered to apply chemical treatments during the vegetation period, to avoid leaving over ripe cherries on the trees, and to mechanically destroy all fallen fruits.
The pest status of Rhagoletis cingulata in France is officially declared as: Transient, under eradication.
NPPO of France (2013-02).