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Express PRA for Lyctus cavicollis


The North American powder-post beetle Lyctus cavicollis is endemic in Northern America and does already occur in the EU. Until now, it is neither listed in the Annexes of Directive 2000/29/EC nor by the EPPO. L. cavicollis infests dry starch-rich deciduous trees (no coniferous trees). Due to suitable climatic conditions the beetle did already establish outdoors in South Western Germany. Detections in three EU Member States (AT, FR, LU) and in Switzerland are also known. Since the beetle exclusively infests dry wood it is a material pest. It is also capable to establish outdoors (on dry wood). Due to its damage potential for dry, stored or used wood L. cavicollis presents a medium phytosanitary risk for Germany and other EU Member States. Based on this risk analysis it is assumed that the pest is capable to establish in further parts of Germany or in not yet infested Member States and to cause considerable damage. Thus, preventive measures against the risk of introduction of this potential quarantine pest should be taken according to § 4a of the Plant Inspection Order and the infested decoration material must be destroyed according to § 4a of the Plant Inspection Order.


  • 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