Situation of Halyomorpha halys in France
As reported in EPPO RS 2013/109, Halyomorpha halys (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae – formerly EPPO Alert List) was first recorded in France, in Alsace region. In 2012, the ‘Société Alsacienne d’Entomologie’ (SAE - Alsatian Society of Entomology) caught and identified the first specimens (see EPPO RS 2013/109) from France. The NPPO of France now officially confirms the presence of H. halys on its territory. Surveys were carried out on the sites where the first specimens had been caught by the SAE. As a result, 2 adults and 6 larvae were caught in a private garden. The identity of the pest was confirmed by Anses (national reference laboratory) in September 2013. As this invasive species is present in neighbouring countries (i.e. Germany and Switzerland), eradication was not considered feasible.
The pest status of Halyomorpha halys in France is officially declared as: Present, only in some areas.
NPPO of France (2013-10).