First report of Dryocosmus kuriphilus in Sicilia (IT)
The NPPO of Italy recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first record of Dryocosmus kuriphilus (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae – EPPO A2 List) in Sicilia region. In 2010, D. kuriphilus was found in three neighbouring municipalities (Sant’ Alfio, Milo and Linguaglossa) of the province of Catania. The Regional PPO of Sicilia has launched a specific monitoring programme in order to delimit the extent of the infestation and define demarcated areas.
The situation of Dryocosmus kuriphilus in Italy can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2008 near Cuneo, scattered outbreaks reported from Abruzzo, Calabria, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Marche, Molise, Toscana, Trentino-Alto Adige, Piemonte, Sardegna, Sicilia, Umbria, Valle d’Aosta and Veneto; under official control.
NPPO of Italy (2010-10).