EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 04 - 2021 Num. article: 2021/083

First report of Arboridia kakogawana in Serbia

In Serbia, the first specimens of Arboridia kakogawana (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae – EPPO Alert List) were collected in July 2020 in the city centre of Novi Sad (Northern Serbia, Vojvodina province). They were caught in a light trap located in a private garden. In August 2020, more findings were made:

  • Two specimens were observed in Klisa (a suburban area, 5 km from the city centre-of Novi Sad) on Vitis vinifera plants which appeared healthy.
  • An abundant population was observed on old V. vinifera plants in a private garden in the town of Srbobran, 35 km north of Novi Sad. A. kakogawana was also observed on Parthenocissus quinquefolia. Infested grapevine plants showed bleached dots and chlorotic patches on the leaves. However, it was noted that another insect species, Empoasca sp., was also present and may have contributed to this type of damage. 
  • An abundant population of A. kakogawana was found in Zemun, a suburban area of Belgrade on V. vinifera plants. In this locality, 3 other insect species were collected from the same grapevine plants, Scaphoideus titanus, Erasmoneura vulnerata and Stictocephala bisonia.
  • Approximately 20 specimens of A. kakogawana were observed in the town of Crvenka (Northern Serbia, Vojvodina province) on healthy-looking grapevine plants in a private garden.

A. kakogawana originates from Asia and was first reported in the early 2000s in Southern Russia (Krasnodar). It was then found in the Crimean Peninsula (UA), Bulgaria, and Romania (EPPO RS 2016/097, 2020/006, 2021/056). This new record from Serbia illustrates the westward expansion of this invasive insect species on the European continent.

The situation of Arboridia kakogawana in Serbia can be described as: Present, restricted distribution.


Šćiban M, Mirić R, Kosovac A (2021) First record of the Japanese grape leafhopper Arboridia kakogawana (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadellidae: Typhlocybinae) in Serbia. Acta Entomologica Serbica 26(1), 1-4. https://aes.bio.bg.ac.rs/index.php/aes/article/view/313