Isolated outbreak of Diabrotica virgifera virgifera in Tyrol, Austria
The Austrian NPPO informed the EPPO Secretariat of an isolated outbreak of Diabrotica virgifera virgifera (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae – EPPO A2 List) in Tyrol (west part of Austria). So far, D. virgifera virgifera has only occurred in the eastern part of Austria (Burgenland, Niederösterreich, Steiermark – see EPPO RS 2004/058). In the western part of Austria, during the annual survey, one female was trapped in the municipality of Ebbs Eichelwang (district of Kufstein, Tyrol) in the immediate vicinity of the border post ‘Kufstein-Kiefersfelden’ between Austria and Germany, on the motorway A12. This motorway is an important east-west connection between Austria and Bayern. It is assumed that the beetle was introduced by a truck as it was caught near a parking place for trucks. Phytosanitary measures have been applied in accordance with EU Directive 2006/565/EC and the German authorities were immediately informed.
The pest status of Diabrotica virgifera virgifera in Tyrol (Austria) is officially declared as: Local outbreak, under eradication.
NPPO of Austria, 2008-09.