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New associations between the invasive coniferous pest, Lamprodila festiva and natural parasitoids Spathius erythrocephalus and Rhaphitelus maculatus.


The cypress jewel beetle Lamprodila (Palmar) festiva (L.) (Coleoptera Buprestidae) is a wood-boring pest posing major threat to the phytosanitary condition of several species of Cupressaceae. It has spread northwards in Europe over the last few decades and has recently become a major concern for plant health. The suppression of its rapid invasion can be expected to be greatly facilitated by the identification and potential application of its natural enemies. This is the first report of Spathius erythrocephalus Wesmael (Hymenoptera Braconidae) and Rhaphitelus maculatus Walker (Hymenoptera Pteromalidae) emerging from larvae of L. festiva in Hungary. Parasitised larvae of this insect were collected in the garden of a private house in Hungary. Based on this finding, these parasitoids are a less known beneficial organism, which their thorough cognition can be contributed as a means to counteract the rapid Palearctic population number of moderating the devastating impact of L. festiva.