EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 11 - 2010 Num. article: 2010/206

First report of Paysandisia archon in Crete, Greece

In September 2006, the presence of Paysandisia archon (Lepidoptera: Castniidae – EPPO A2 List) was observed for the first time in Heraklion (Crete) infesting Washingtonia robusta, Trachycarpus fortunei and Chamaerops humilis. In December 2006, P. archon was found in Agios Stefanos (Attica) in mainland Greece on Trachycarpus fortunei. These are the first records of P. archon in Greece.
The situation of Paysandisia archon in Greece can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2006 in Crete and Attica.


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