EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 01 - 2020 Num. article: 2020/001

Beastie the Bug and the International Year of Plant Health


Beastie the Bug is an invasive pest which seriously damages wild and cultivated plants. Several specimens have started to spread from the EPPO headquarters where the first outbreak was detected at the end of 2019. Since the beginning of 2020, the International Year of Plant Health, Beastie has started to spread across the world. If you see it, capture Beastie, and share your finding with everyone!

It is hoped that this communication campaign will provide a unique opportunity to share opinions, experiences, feelings, as well as nice photos about the importance of plant health, not only among experts of the EPPO region but with everyone around the world. The objective is to raise public awareness about plant health issues during the International Year of Plant Health.

Beastie the Bug has a dedicated website and a Twitter account, where participants can post pictures and write short stories about plant health.

Website: https://beastiebug.eppo.int/

Twitter: @bug_beastie

Have fun with Beastie the Bug!


EPPO Secretariat (2020-01).