Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

New record of brontocoris tabidus (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) attacking larvae of heteroperreyia hubrichi (Hymenoptera: Pergidae).

Abstract

Brazilian peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolia Raddi; Anacardiaceae) is a perennial tree native to Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Brazilian peppertree is one of the most aggressive and widespread invasive species in Florida, Hawaii, and Texas (USA). The defoliating sawfly, Heteroperreyia hubrichi Malaise (Hymenoptera: Pergidae), is a potential biological control agent for S. terebinthifolia. During surveys of plant use under natural conditions in the S. terebinthifolia native range, nymphs and adults of Brontocoris tabidus (Signoret) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) were found attacking H. hubrichi and Heteroperreyia n.? sp. larvae feeding on S. terebinthifolia in Argentina (Misiones Province) and Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul) respectively. The attack by B. tabidus on Heteroperreyia species constitutes new records.