Epitrix papa and E. cucumeris found in Alentejo, Portugal
During official surveys conducted in Portugal during 2017, suspicious symptoms of Epitrix spp. were detected in June 2017 in Alentejo, Southern Portugal. These symptoms caused by larvae of Epitrix spp. were observed in 3 potato (Solanum tuberosum) plots located in the municipality of Santa Susana (county of Alcácer do Sal), in the Alentejo region. Adult insects were collected on those plots and were identified as Epitrix papa and E. cucumeris (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae – both EPPO A2 List).
The pest status of Epitrix papa and E. cucumeris in Portugal is officially declared as: Present, only in some parts of the Member State concerned, under containment.
NPPO of Portugal (2017-06).