First record of Thaumastocoris peregrinus (Hemiptera: Thaumastocoridae) in the Middle East, with biological notes on its relations with eucalyptus trees
Keywords:Hemiptera, Heteroptera, Thaumastocoridae, bronze bug, biological invasion, invasive species, pests, new record, Eucalyptus, gum trees, Israel, Middle East
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.
Cite as: Novoselsky, T. & Freidberg, A. 2016. First record of Thaumastocoris peregrinus (Hemiptera: Thaumastocoridae) in the Middle East, with biological notes on its relations with eucalyptus trees. Israel Journal of Entomology 46: 43–55.
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