First UK Asian longhorn beetle outbreak

Publication Date
Tue, 03 Apr 2012, 00:00
Last Updated
Oct. 1, 2012, 9:01 a.m.
Report Number
United Kingdom
Pest Id
cachi - (DOSKA)
Report Status
Acer pseudoplatanus, Betula pendula, Salix fragilis Acer campestre and others
Pest Status
  • Transient: actionable, under eradication
Geographical Distribution
Found in one location in Kent, south-east England

Routine survey work in the area where an adult Asian longhorn beetle was found in 2009 discovered signs of the beetle in Acer trees. Subsequent investigation revealed larvae in a tree - these were morphlogically identified and confirmed by DNA. Survey work is now underway to delineate the extent of the outbreak. Some 260 larvae have now been found as well as many adult emergence holes. Many trees have been felled in a buffer zone around the findings; this has been extended as a result of new findings. Felling in the area is now complete and there have been no further findings. Monitoring work will be needed for several years. There is circumstantial evidence which associates the outbreak with earlier imports of wood packaging supporting consignments of stone from the far-East.

Following felling of infested and potentially infested trees the danger level is much reduced
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