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Express PRA for Lyctus cavicollis – Interception –


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The shiny powder-post beetle Lyctus cavicollis is endemic to North America and does already occur in the EU. It is listed neither in the Annexes of Regulation (EU) 2019/2072 nor by EPPO. 

L. cavicollis infests dry starch-rich deciduous trees (not coniferous trees). 

Due to appropriate climatic conditions, the beetle already established outdoors in Southwest Germany. Findings in three EU-Member States (AT, FR, LU) and Switzerland are known, too.

Since the beetle exclusively infests dry wood, it is a material pest. It can establish outdoors (on dry wood). L. cavicollis has a high damage potential for dry stored wood or wood in constructions. 

Based on this risk analysis, it is assumed that the pest can establish in further parts of Germany or in currently noninfested Member States and cause non-insignificant damage. However, damage is limited to dead plant parts. 

Thus, L. cavicollis is not classified as a potential quarantine pest and Article 29 of Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 does not apply. The user is advised to destroy or disinfect the infested material to avoid damage.


  • Lyctus cavicollis


  • Acer pseudoplatanus
  • Betula
  • Castanea sativa
  • Fagus sylvatica
  • Fraxinus
  • Fraxinus excelsior
  • Genista
  • Juglans
  • Juglans regia
  • Platanus x hispanica
  • Prunus avium
  • Quercus
  • Quercus petraea
  • Quercus robur
  • Quercus rubra
  • Robinia
  • Robinia pseudoacacia
  • Tilia sp.
  • Triplochiton scleroxylon
  • Ulmus minor
  • Vitis
  • Vitis vinifera


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PRA Area

  • Germany