First report of Thrips setosus in Croatia
In December 2017, the NPPO of Croatia recently reported an outbreak of Thrips setosus (Thysanoptera: Thripidae – EPPO Alert List) on its territory. During an official survey, the pest was found in 1 plant of Hydrangea sp. in the greenhouse of a garden centre located in the municipality of Metkovic. As T. setosus was confirmed only on one plant, the extent of infestation is not known but it can be assumed that more plants were probably infested. It is suspected that T. setosus was introduced with ornamental Hydrangea plants for planting originating from other EU Member States. Phytosanitary measures were taken to contain the pest. The pest status of Thrips setosus in Croatia is officially declared as: Present.
NPPO of Croatia (2017-12).