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First record of Horidiplosis ficifolii Harris 2003 (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) in the Czech Republic.


In November 2009 the gall midge species Horidiplosis ficifolii Harris 2003 was detected in the Czech Republic on leaves of an ornamental fig Ficus microcarpa. The insect is native to South East Asia, where it lives on the genus Ficus. No information is currently available on the prevalence of the pest in the countries of its origin. Imported Ficus plants from China into the Netherlands are sometimes heavily infested with the gall midge. In Europe it is also known from Denmark and the United Kingdom. As Horidiplosis ficifolii is a tropical species, no environmental and social damage is expected.