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Abstract

First record of potential cabbage pest Aulacobaris cuprirostris (Coleoptera, Curculionidae) in Russia.

Abstract

The invasive weevil Aulacobaris cuprirostris (Fabricius, 1787) was detected for the first time in Russia, in the Adler district of the city of Sochi. The native range of this species is in North Africa, the Mediterranean region, Western Europe, Southern Europe, and the southern part of Central Europe. We found three specimens of this species more than 1100 km apart from its previously known range on a lawn where the seedlings of shrubs were planted several years ago. The weevils could have been unintentionally introduced with these imported seedlings. Aulacobaris cuprirostris feeds on different species of Brassicaceae and is a pest of cabbage in Western Europe. Therefore, it could potentially become a pest in Krasnodar Territory.