Quick scan for Phenacoccus solenopsis
This quick scan was prompted by the interception of P. solenopsis on fresh leaves of Ocimum. In the EU, P. solenopsis is known to be present in Cyprus, France, Greece (Crete) and Italy. The species is highly polyphagous and can cause severe damage to its host plants. The species is present and not under official control in the EU but it is regulated on plants for planting of Nerium oleander from Turkey. The probability of introduction through fresh leaves of Ocimum is assessed to be low.