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Abstract

Survey of Eucalyptus gall wasps (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) in Portugal.

Abstract

The occurrence of a new eucalyptus pest, Leptocybe invasa (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae), is reported from Portugal. The insect is a gall maker of several Eucalyptus species. The galls are induced on petiole and leaf midrib. The wasp was observed for the first time in Portugal, in January 2003. It has been detected in the south and eastern centre of the country. The wasp was identified based on specimens emerged in the laboratory from galls mostly collected from E. camaldulensis. However, galls were also observed in E. globulus and E. tereticornis.