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Abstract

Two Australian eulophids, very harmful to Eucalyptus spp., introduced into the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae).

Abstract

This paper reports the occurrence of two Australian gall insects introduced recently into the Iberian Peninsula, with records from the north-east of the Peninsula. They are two eulophids which induce galls in eucalyptuses: one of them (a species in the process of being described) attacks the branches, petiole and the main leaf nervures of several Eucalyptus species and the other, Ophelimus eucalypti, attacks the foliar limb. Their detection is particularly important, since both cecidogenic forms have been mentioned as pest species highly harmful, for example, to the eucalyptus ecosystems of New Zealand and Kenya, and therefore their presence in the Iberian Peninsula represents a serious risk for the local Eucalyptus plantations.