EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 03 - 2010 Num. article: 2010/056

First report of Opogona omoscopa in France

The presence of Opogona omoscopa (Lepidoptera: Tineidae) is reported for the first time in the south of France. At first, this insect was confused with O. sacchari (EPPO A2 List) which is occasionally found under glasshouses, but recent studies have showed that the insect observed was in fact O. omoscopa and that the oldest specimens had been caught in 1998. O. omoscopa has been found in several localities in the coastal area of Alpes-Maritimes (Beaulieu, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Cap-Ferrat, Eze-sur-Mer, Nice, Saint-Blaise), and in palm glasshouses in Arriège. Larvae can bore into the crowns of plants (e.g. palm trees, strawberries, ornamentals) but it is generally considered that they are secondary pests attracted to decaying plant tissues.
O. omoscopa was originally described from Australia and is recorded from most tropical and subtropical regions of the world. In Europe, O. omoscopa has been reported mainly in glasshouses (e.g. botanical gardens, nurseries) in connection with imports of tropical plants but sometimes it has also been observed outdoors (e.g. in France, Guernsey, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom). According to the available literature, O. omoscopa has been found in the following European and Mediterranean countries:
EPPO region: Denmark (reported once in 1996), France (since 1998 in the coastal area of Alpes-Maritimes), Gibraltar (many specimens were trapped in 2006), Guernsey (first found in 2005 and again in 2007, probably established), Netherlands (found in 1982 on stems of Plumeria imported from Hawaii), Portugal (mainland, Azores, and Madeira), Sweden (one record from a glasshouse of the Bergius botanical garden in Stockholm), United Kingdom (specimens caught in the wild in the north of England; other records are attributed to an outbreak from a plant nursery in Cornwall).


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