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First record in the Mediterranean basin of the alien leafhopper Balclutha brevis living on invasive Pennisetum setaceum.


During a recent survey on the insect pests of ornamental plants in some Sicilian cities the authors found Balclutha brevis Lindberg (Rhynchota Cicadellidae). This species, probably native to Macaronesia, is recorded here for the first time to the Italian fauna in the Mediterranean basin. In Sicily, adults and immature stages of B. brevis have been found associated with the spike of Pennisetum setaceum (Forsskal) Chiovenda (Poaceae) practically all the year round.