Express PRA for Stenoptilodes taprobanes
The moth Stenoptilodes taprobanes mainly occurs in tropical regions. According to current knowledge, it does not occur in Germany. In the EU, the species was already detected in Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Greece, Finland and Malta. The moth is listed neither in the Annexes of Regulation (EU) 2019/2072 nor by EPPO.
The larvae of the moth are very polyphagous and feed on a manifold of plant species and families that are present in the open field in Germany and the EU, as well as in protected cultivation. However, no damage caused by S. taprobanes is known .
Due to the climatic conditions in Germany, it is assumed that S. taprobanes can establish outdoors in Germany. The species already established in southern European EUMember States. In protected cultivation, the establishment is possible everywhere.
Because of its low damage potential, S. taprobanes poses no phytosanitary risk for Germany and other EU-Member States.
Thus, Stenoptilodes taprobanes is not classified as a quarantine pest and Regulation (EU) 2016/2031, Article 29, does not apply.
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