First record of Rhagoletis cingulata in France
The NPPO of France recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first record of Rhagoletis cingulata (Diptera: Tephritidae - EPPO A2 List) on its territory. The pest was identified on 2010-08-04 in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. R. cingulata was caught in a peach (Prunus persica) orchard where 38 traps had been placed to catch another fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata. It is noted that on the farm concerned, some cherry trees (Prunus avium) were also grown. In this region and at that date, the harvest of cherries had been completed more than a month before and all cherries fallen to the ground were in an advanced stage of decomposition. Appropriate phytosanitary measures are currently being studied by the French NPPO.
The situation of Rhagoletis cingulata in France can be described as follows: Present, first trapped in 2010 at one site in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
NPPO of France (2010-09).