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First record of the bug Thaumastocoris peregrinus in Greece

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2018
Authors:P. Petrakis
Journal:Entomologia Hellenica
Keywords:eucalyptus, invasive species, pest distribution, Thaumastocoris peregrinus

The Australian bug species Thaumastocoris peregrinus Carpineto et Dellapè (Hemiptera: Thaumastocoridae) is reported for the first time in Greece. This is a sap-sucking consumer (mesophyll feeder) of Eucalyptus spp. foliage. Feeding damage and the egg batches of the insect were found in several locations in 2016. This invasive species recently has been recorded from Portugal, Spain, and Italy. Although in Greece there are no currently forest plantations of eucalypts (experimental plantations exempted), this insect is a serious pest of these trees in roadside verges and city parks.

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