First report of Xylosandrus compactus on Laurus nobilis in Tuscany.
The exotic scolitid Xylosandrus compactus (Eichhoff) was firstly recorded during the winter 2012 on Laurus nobilis L. in Pietrasanta (Lucca province, Tuscany, Italy). The damaged plants showed several dead apical twigs (3-6 mm of diameter) on which scolytid entry holes were found. Overwintering females of X. compactus were detected in the twigs by laboratory analysis. Bio-ecological notes are reported on the base of available literature. The scolytid, due to its polyphagy and ability to colonize also healthy plants, may represent an emerging phytosanitary problem for several agricultural, forestry and ornamental plants.