Living specimens of Psacothea hilaris (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) found in Lombardia, Italy
The Regional Plant Protection Service of Lombardia, Italy, reported the finding of living specimens of Psacothea hilaris (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae – yellow spotted longicorn beetle). P. hilaris was found in August 2007 on 2 fig trees (Ficus carica) at Anzano del Parco (Province of Como). It can be recalled that in September 2005, 2 dead beetles had been found in Lombardia, at Almenno San Salvatore (province of Bergamo) near a wood warehouse on a private property (see EPPO RS 2005/182). P. hilaris occurs in China, Japan (Ryukyu Archipelago, Shikoku and Honshu), Taiwan, and probably in other Asian countries. In Japan, P. hilaris is considered to be an important pest of mulberry (Morus alba) and fig trees (Ficus carica).
Regional PPO of Lombardia (IT), Giunta Regional, Direzione Generale Agricoltura, 2008-02.