Phytoparasitica (2021) 49, 539-545

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Arlindo Lima, Tatiana Valada, Maria Filomena Caetano, José Carlos Franco and Ana Paula Ramos (2021)
First record of the lawn chinch bug Blissus insularis Barber (Hemiptera: Blissidae) in Europe
Phytoparasitica 49 (4), 539-545
Abstract: Since October 2019, chinch bugs have been detected in large sunken dead patches of St. Augustinegrass (Stenotaphrum secundatum) lawns in different locations of Lisbon and Setubal districts, in Portugal. Based on morphological and molecular studies, using mitochondrial Cytochrome C Oxidase subunit I (COI) gene, the collected insects were identified as Blissus insularis (Hemiptera, Heteroptera, Blissidae). This is the first record of this noxious chinch bug species in Europe and in the Palaearctic region.
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Database assignments for author(s): José Carlos Franco

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
new introduction of pest

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.
Blissus insularis Stenotaphrum (crop) Portugal (continental)