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Express PRA for Lyctus brunneus – Interception –


The common powder post beetle Lyctus brunneus is presumably endemic to Australia. It is already present in the EU. It is listed neither in the Annexes of Decision (EU) 2019/2072 nor by EPPO.

Lyctus brunneus infests dry, starchy hardwood. 

Due to appropriate climatic conditions, it is assumed that the beetle can establish outdoors, at least in Southern Germany. The establishment in South European EU Member States is possible, too. 

The beetle only infests dry wood. Thus, it is a storage pest. L. brunneus has a high damage potential for stored dry wood or wood in constructions. 

Based on this risk analysis, it is assumed that the pest can establish in Germany or another Member State and cause severe damage. However, the damage is limited to dead plant parts.

Thus, L. brunneus is not classified as a potential quarantine pest and Article 29 of Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 does not apply. The destruction or disinfection of the infested material is recommended in order to prevent damage.


  • Lyctus brunneus


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PRA Area

  • Germany