First record of eucalyptus gall wasp Leptocybe invasa (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) in Mexico

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The presence of the invader eucalyptus gall wasp Leptocybe invasa Fischer & La Salle (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) is recorded for the first time in Mexico. This forest pest has been detected in northern México City, at an elevation of ≈2,240 m, with an average temperature of 17.9 °C. It has also been detected in the areas of Nezahualcóyotl and Texcoco, State of México; Cuautla, Morelos; Guadalajara, Jalisco and Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas. In these states, L. invasa attacked Eucalyptus camaldulensis Dehnh. About 2.6% of the E. camaldulensis trees reported in México City had infestations in about 27% of the twigs. In addition, 25% of the leaves had galls, with an average of 23.5 ± 4.8 galls per branches of 20 cm in length.

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Vanegas-Rico, J. M., Lomeli-Flores, J. R., Rodríguez-Leyva, E., Jiménez-Quiroz, E., & Pujade-Villar, J. (2015). First record of eucalyptus gall wasp Leptocybe invasa (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) in Mexico. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad, 86(4), 1095–1098. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rmb.2015.09.012

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