First report of Diaphania perspectalis from the Netherlands
In September 2008, during its regular monitoring activities the NPPO of the Netherlands found Diaphania perspectalis (syn. Glyphodes perspectalis, EPPO Alert List) at 4 different locations. The pest was found on Buxus plants, mainly B. sempervirens. Damage was caused by larval feeding on the leaves and shoots of Buxus hedgerows. However, in contrast with what has been observed in Germany (EPPO RS 2007/215) complete defoliation was not observed in the Netherlands. It is noted that the German and Dutch NPPOs are working together on a Pest Risk Analysis. This is the first report of D. perspectalis in the Netherlands.
The pest status of D. perspectalis in the Netherlands is officially declared as: Present in some areas, no further action.
NPPO of the Netherlands, 2008-10. http://www/minlnv.nl.pd/