First report of Anoplophora chinensis in France
The NPPO of France, recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first report* of Anoplophora chinensis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae – EPPO A2 List) on its territory. On 2018-07-04, adult specimens were caught on Acer negundo trees in a private garden in Royan (Charente-Maritime department). These trees were also showing signs of presence of the pest. The identity of the insect was confirmed by the Anses laboratory in 2018-07-06. All infested trees were destroyed on 2018-07-11. An infested zone (100 m radius) and a buffer zone (2 km radius) have been delimited around the finding site. Intensive surveys will be carried out to determine the extent of the outbreak and investigations will be made to identify the possible source of introduction of A. chinensis. An information leaflet has also been published to encourage members of the public to report the pest.
The pest status of Anoplophora chinensis in France is officially declared as: Transient, actionable, under eradication.
* Later corrected in EPPO RS 2018/187: the first record of A. chinensis in France was made in 2003 in Soyons (Ardèche department), and this outbreak was then successfully eradicated.
NPPO of France (2018-07).
Préfet de la Charente-Maritime. Découverte de capricornes asiatiques à Royan : Mise en place de mesures de surveillance et de lutte. http://www.charente-maritime.gouv.fr/Actualites/Espace-Presse/Communiques-de-presse/Decouverte-de-capricornes-asiatiques-a-Royan-Mise-en-place-de-mesures-de-surveillance-et-de-lutte
Fiche d’information phytosanitaire. Capricorne asiatique des agrumes (Anoplophora chinensis). http://draaf.nouvelle-aquitaine.agriculture.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/Plaquette_Anoplophora_chinensis_VF_cle81a881.pdf