First report of Cydalima perspectalis in Ireland
In Ireland, Cydalima perspectalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae – formerly EPPO Alert List) was first found during a routine inspection of mature boxwood plants (Buxus spp.) on a plant nursery in September 2018 in the Leinster region of Ireland. Subsequent inspections of mature plantations in public areas around Dublin, confirmed the presence of larvae and pupae at multiple locations on mature boxwood plantations. Observations suggest that the pest may have been present for some time, and has gone undetected until now. To date, observations of this insect are limited to the greater Dublin area; however inspections in areas outside of the greater Dublin area have not yet been conducted. Considering the establishment and spread of this pest throughout Europe to date, its spread throughout Ireland is probable, however as boxwood is primarily an ornamental plant in Ireland, the spread will mainly be limited to residential and ornamental gardens.
NPPO of Ireland (2018-12).