Isolated findings of Anoplophora chinensis and A. glabripennis in the United Kingdom
The NPPO of the United Kingdom recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of isolated findings of Anoplophora chinensis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae - EPPO A2 List) and A. glabripennis (EPPO A1 List) on its territory. These findings were all reported by members of the public, highlighting the importance of publicity in relation to these pests. In all cases, eradication measures have been taken.
Three adult beetles were reported from different areas of England: Merseyside, East Sussex and Rutland. The findings in Merseyside and East Sussex were associated with Japanese maple (Acer palmatum and Acer shirasawanum cv. ‘Aureum’), with single exit holes identified in the plants concerned. The plants were approximately two years old, purchased from local retailers, and while there was no information about their exact origin, it was clear from their labelling that they were not from the United Kingdom. In the case of the finding in Rutland, a single beetle was reported in the grounds of a local school. An initial survey did not identify the host plant from which the beetle emerged, and the survey area is being extended to cover the surrounding 100 m. At this stage, as only 1 isolated beetle has been found with no evidence of a pest population being present, there has been no demarcation of areas in accordance with EU Decision 2008/840/EC.
The pest was found in Cumbria and is most likely to be associated with wooden packing material, which had been used to transport stone from China at a nearby site.
The situation of both Anoplophora chinensis and A. glabripennis in the United Kingdom can be described as follows: Transient, isolated findings have been made but have not led to pest establishment, under eradication.
NPPO of the United Kingdom (2010-07).