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

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Novoselsky, T. ; Freidberg, A. (2016)
  • Journal: Israel Journal of Entomology (issn: 2224-6304)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.5281/zenodo.58193
  • Subject: Heteroptera | Thaumastocoris peregrinus | Eucalyptus | Middle East | invasive species | 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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