First report of Grapholita inopinata in Finland
The NPPO of Finland recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first finding of the Manchurian fruit moth Grapholita inopinata (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae, EPPO A2 List) on its territory. This is the first time that the pest is reported from the EPPO region outside Russia.
G. inopinata was found in 2019 by the Finnish Lepidopterological Society. One adult moth was found in a pheromone trap located on the south coast (municipality of Espoo). In April 2021, the society informed the Finnish Food Authority about the finding and the species identification was confirmed by the Plant Quarantine Laboratory of the Finnish Food Authority. A detection survey by pheromone trapping will be carried out in 2021 to define the infested area. The pathway of introduction of the pest remains unknown for the moment.
The pest status of Grapholita inopinata in Finland has not yet been determined.
NPPO of Finland (2021-06).