Marchalina hellenica found on the Island of Procida, Italy
The NPPO of Italy informed the EPPO Secretariat that Marchalina hellenica (Hemiptera: Margarodidae – formerly EPPO Alert List) has been recorded on the Island of Procida (province of Napoli, Campania region). So far, M. hellenica was only present on the nearby Island of Ischia (see EPPO 2006/130). On Procida, M. hellenica was found in only 1 Pinus taeda tree which has now been destroyed. Further surveys carried out on the island did not detect the pest. It is considered that this isolated finding resulted from natural spread from the nearby Island of Ischia where the pest is now established.
NPPO of Italy, 2009-12.