Thaumastocoris in the news

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Australian journalist John Upton has written a nice little piece on the Thaumastocoris peregrinus biocontrol efforts for the wider audience on his interesting blog “Wonk on the Wildlife”.  You can view the blog post here:  https://wonkonthewildlife.com/fairy-wasps-unleashed-to-protect-eucalypts/

More information on T. peregrinus in Portugal

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This just-published paper provides more information on the occurrence and distribution of Thaumastocoris peregrinus in Portugal.  On this occasion it also appears to have arrived together with a predator apparently picked up in South America! Garcia A,  Figueiredo E, Valente C, Monserrat VJ, Branco M (2013) First record of Thaumastocoris peregrinus in Portugal and of the neotropical predator Hemerobius bolivari … Read More

Thaumastoris peregrinus now in Portugal

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The bronze bug, Thaumastocoris peregrinus, has now been reported as established in Portugal for the first time. This follows the first report of its detection in Europe from Italy in 2011 and in New Zealand in 2012. Update (10 June 2013) provided by Dr Carlos Valente, RAIZ:  By the end of 2012, T. peregrinus  had been detected only in the … Read More

Glycaspis brimblecombei also on the move…

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The red gum lerp psyllid Glycaspis brimblecombei has now extended its range into southern Africa with the recent detection of this insect in Pretoria, South Africa.  More information can found about this discovery here, here and here. The Tree Protection Cooperative Program at FABI has now produced a pest alert leaflet page which can be seen here. There is also … Read More

First field release made of Cleruchoides noackae in Brazil

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The first field release in Brazil of the Thaumastocoris peregrinus egg parasitoid Cleruchoides noackae was made in Minas Gerais state in Brazil on August 6.  Click here for more information  on the release (in Portuguese) at the IPEF website.  (A Google Translate version of this information in English can be found here). This is now the second release of C. … Read More

Thaumastocoris on the move…

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The Bronze Bug, Thaumastocoris peregrinus, continues to expand its global range, with it now being established in Italy as of September 2011 (as mentioned by Annie in the previous post) and with a more recent detection on street trees in Auckland, New Zealand (March 2012).  For its current known worldwide distribution click here. Italy More information on the establishment of … Read More