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First record of Thaumastocoris peregrinus (Hemiptera: Thaumastocoridae) in the Middle East, with biological notes on its relations with eucalyptus trees

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2016
Authors:T. Novoselsky, Freidberg A.
Journal:Israel Journal of Entomology
Keywords:biological invasion, Bronze bug, eucalyptus, gum trees, Israel, new record, pest

We present the first Middle-Eastern record of Thaumastocoris peregrinus Car­pintero & Dellapé, an invasive pest that feeds and develops only on euca­lyp­tus trees. This species was found in Israel for the first time in Eucalyptus camaldu­lensis stands in October 2014. A survey of several eucalyptus groves was con­ducted in Tel Aviv and its surroundings to assess the geographical dis­tri­bu­tion and host-plant associations of T. peregrinus. We summarize new and old data on this species, i.e., its identification, immature stages, bio­logy, pheno­logy, and damage caused to the host plant.

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