First report of Pseudaulacaspis pentagona (Homoptera: Diaspididae) in the Czech Republic
The NPPO of Czech Republic recently informed the EPPO Secretariat about the occurrence of Pseudaulacaspis pentagona (Homoptera: Diaspididae) on its territory. This scale insect was first recorded in 2005 in the city of Pardubice (Pardubice region) on Catalpa bignonioides (Bignoniaceae). In 2006/2007, further outbreaks were found in Prague and its surroundings on the same host plant. Apparently, all infested trees had been imported. In order to prevent any further spread of P. pentagona to other localities and other host plants (ornamental and fruit trees), phytosanitary measures have been taken. In all infested localities, infested plant parts have been removed and burned, and chemical treatments applied. National surveys on P. pentagona will be carried out.
The pest status of Pseudaulacaspis pentagona in the Czech Republic is officially declared as: Present, found in a few areas on Catalpa bignonioides, control measures have been recommended.
NPPO of Czech Republic, 2008-01.