EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 05 - 2013 Num. article: 2013/109

Halyomorpha halys continues to spread in the EPPO region: first reports in France and Germany

Halyomorpha halys (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae – EPPO Alert List) continues to spread within the EPPO region. It was first reported in Switzerland, near Zürich in summer 2007 (RS 2008/199). The insect is now also recorded in the cantons of Basel-Stadt, St. Gallen and Schaffhausen. In the city of Zürich, the number of inquiries concerning H. halys made by the general public to the Urban Pest Advisory Service (UPAS - working on urban pests and public health) has significantly increased from 2006 to 2010. Interestingly, UPAS has found in its collection several specimens of H. halys dated from 2006. For some time, it was considered that the first record of H. halys in Europe had been made in Switzerland, but in fact the first specimen was caught in a light trap in 2004 in Liechtenstein at Balzers (bordering Switzerland).

In Germany, H. halys was first found in November 2011 in the city of Konstanz (Baden-Württemberg).

In France, H. halys was first found in Alsace region in 2012. Captures made so far in 2013 suggest that it is established in Alsace: Strasbourg (1 specimen caught near the University Botanical Garden, 1 in Strasbourg-Robertsau, 6 in Schiltigheim).


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