The first confirmed sighting of the invasive Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer beetle (PSHB) – found in the City of Cape Town - has been announced.
The sighting has been postively identified by academic experts - Prof. Francois Roets (Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch University) and Prof. Z. Wilhelm de Beer (Forestry & Agricultural Biotechnology Institute – FABI - University of Pretoria).
The PSBH infestation was discovered in the suburb of Somerset West by Mr Phumudzo Ramabulana (City of Cape Town Invasive Species Unit) and Mr Paul Barker (Arderne Gardens) on the 8 March, 2019.
Mr. Elmar van Rooyen, a MSc student from Stellenbosch University - currently working on the PSHB beetle for his thesis - collected samples from infested Liquid Amber and London Plane trees in Somerset West for laboratory analyses.
The identity of the beetle and its symbiotic fungus was confirmed using morphological and DNA sequence analyses, as well as comparisons with the extensive FABI database.
REPORT PSHB BEETLES SIGHTINGS ONLINE
Are you a resident of Cape Town? Do you think that you have a PSHB beetle infestation in a tree near you? Or on your property?
REPORT your suspected PSHB discovery on the Cape Town Invasives Reporting Tool
Press the button - 'Report a PSHB Sighting' - to give details of the location of the tree.
You can also upload images of the tree + entrance tunnels online to assist with speedy identification.
Your online report will be sent directly to the City of Cape Town Invasive Species Unit AND a City Arborist at the City Parks and Recreation Department - for investigation.
PSHB SIGHTING CONFIRMATION - SEE THE LETTER
Download the notification letter issued by the University of Stellenbosch to confirm that PSHB has been found in Somerset West, Cape Town.
To learn more about PSHB - Click here