COMMUNICATION | doi:10.20944/preprints201909.0174.v1
Subject: Biology And Life Sciences, Insect Science Keywords: Emerald Ash Borer; EAB; Ukraine; Europe; Fraxinus pennsylvanica; ash trees; invasive pest; plant quarantine
Online: 16 September 2019 (16:53:04 CEST)
Agrilus planipennis is a devastating invasive pest of ash trees. This wood-boring insect native to Asia and established in European Russia about 20 years ago poses a serious threat to ash trees all over Europe. In 2019 we first detected Agrilus planipennis in Ukraine. More than 20 larvae have been collected from under the bark of Fraxinus pennsylvanica trees on 5 September 2019 in Markivka District of Luhansk Region. Coordinates of the localities of collection: 49.614991 N, 39.559743 E; 49.614160 N, 39.572402 E and 49.597043 N, 39.561811 E. The photos of damaged trees with larval galleries, exit holes and larvae are presented. There is no doubt that the pest is established in Ukraine. This fact is important for development of quarantine protocols to prevent or at least slow the further spread of this invasive pest in Europe.