First report of Dryocosmus kuriphilus in Greece
During surveys carried out in 2014, Dryocosmus kuriphilus (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae – EPPO A2 List) was found for the first time in Greece. Galls were observed in a chestnut (Castanea sativa) orchard in the area of Milia (regional unit of Pieria, Central Macedonia region) and the identity of the pest was confirmed using morphological and molecular techniques by the Natural History Museum (London, GB) and the Laboratory of Forest Entomology (Thessaloniki, GR), respectively. For the moment, the occurrence of D. kuriphilus in Greece is restricted to a single area but measures are being developed to limit its further spread, including the rearing and release of the parasitoid Torymus sinensis (Hymenoptera: Torymidae).
The situation of Dryocosmus kuriphilus in Greece can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2014 near Milia (Pieria).
Michaelakis A, Papachristos D, Chytas DA, Antonopoulou PD, Milonas PG, Avtzis DN (2016), First record of Dryocosmus kuriphilus in Greece. Bulletin OEPP/EPPO Bulletin 46(2), 290–294.