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Abstract

First records of the strawberry sap beetle (Stelidota geminata) in Hungary (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae).

Abstract

The strawberry sap beetle, Stelidota geminata Say, 1825 is native to the United States to Brazil. It is an important pest of strawberry in the northeastern states of the United States. It was accidentally introduced to Europe, and by 2008 it became established in nine countries, mainly in the Mediterranean. Its presence in Hungary is now recorded for the first time. Most of the known localities are in the western half of the country, but eastward extension of its range is highly possible. It was collected mainly from fallen and decomposing fruits (apples and pears), but specimens were collected also by sweeping and beating the vegetation, sifting leaflitter, and found in light trap and air plancton samples.