EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 02 - 1990 Num. article: 1990/07

Phoracantha semipunctata occurs in Corsica

The Eucalyptus borer Phoracantha semipunctata (. EPPO. A2 List) occurs on the island of Corsica in certain eucalyptus groves and appears to be spreading through the island. This longhorned beetle originated in Australia, and in the EPPO region is now found in Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Italy, where it severely damages cut timber and can kill standing trees, especially those weakened by other biotic and abiotic factors. Species of eucalyptus growing outside their natural climatic conditions are particularly vulnerable.

Recommended control is based on removal of infested trees, debarking of trees for sale and the use of trap logs which are subsequently sprayed with an insecticide.


Canot, P., Phalip, M. & Martinez, M. (1990). Le capricorne de l’eucalyptus; acclimaté en Corse, menace-t-i1 le continent? Phytoma No. 415, 43-46.