Anoplophora glabripennis found again in Germany
The NPPO of Germany recently informed the EPPO Secretariat that Anoplophora glabripennis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae – EPPO A1 List) has been found again in Nordrhein-Westfalen. It can be recalled that in 2005 and again in 2007, A. glabripennis had been detected near Bornheim (Nordrhein-Westfalen) and subjected to eradication measures (EPPO RS 2008/095).
On 2009-08-14, 3 heavily infested Acer platanoides cv. ‘Globosum’ were found in a private property in Alfter (Nordrhein-Westfalen). The trees showed bore holes, shoot wilting and feeding shavings. Numerous beetles and larvae were found and identified as A. glabripennis. On 2009-08-28, a willow tree (Salix caprea) showing similar symptoms was observed in another nearby private property but no living beetles could be found. The private properties concerned are located outside the buffer zone which was already delimited in Bornheim. It is not known whether this new infestation results from natural dispersal from the originally infested area in Bornheim, or is a new introduction via packaging wood material from a stone trader located nearby. All infested trees were burnt. Further examinations and inspections are being carried out to define the extent of the infestation and delimit the infested and buffer zones.
The pest status of Anoplophora glabripennis in Germany is officially declared as: Transient, actionable, under eradication.
NPPO of Germany, 2010-01.