Incursion of Stathmopoda auriferella in the Netherlands
The NPPO of the Netherlands recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the detection of 1 adult specimen of Stathmopoda auriferella (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae) on an ornamental plant of Melodorum fruticosum (Annonaceae) as a result of monitoring activities. The plants were growing in glasshouses and had been imported from Thailand. The insect was detected on the 2009-07-29. No particular phytosanitary measures will be taken.
The pest status of Stathmopoda auriferella in the Netherlands is officially declared as: Absent, intercepted only.
S. auriferella is a microlepidoptera, adults have a wingspan of approximately 12 mm. Pictures of the adult can be viewed on the Internet: http://www.jpmoth.org/Stathmopodidae/Stathmopoda_auriferella.html
S. auriferella is polyphagous and its larvae are reported to feed mainly on flower buds, flowers and fruits, but there are also records of leaf damage (e.g. on Gynura bicolor and Hibiscus cannabinus). Concerning fruit crops, S. auriferella has been reported on Actinidia sinensis (kiwi), Citrus sinensis (orange), Cocus nucifera (coconut), Coffea spp., Malus domestica (apple), Mangifera indica (mango), Prunus persica (peach) and Vitis vinifera (grapevine). However, data is lacking on the host range of the S. auriferella and its economic impact on the above crops.
The following geographical distribution was gathered by the EPPO Secretariat from the literature but it is most likely to be incomplete.
EPPO region: Greece (Kriti, reported in 2004).
Africa: Cameroon, Egypt, Nigeria
Asia: China, India (Himachal Pradesh, Punjab), Indonesia (Java), Japan, Korea Republic, Malaysia (West), Pakistan, Philippines, Russia (Far East), Sri Lanka, Thailand.
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