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New records of Heteroptera for the Mediterranean Region

Goal: First and new records of Heteroptera for the Mediterranean Region or specific countries/parts belonging to it.

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The first record of Sastrapada baerensprungi (Stål, 1859) (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae: Stenopodainae) for Croatia is reported. Information on the known European distribution of the species is summarized.
A record of Spilostethus furcula (Herrich-Schäffer, 1850) from Libya is reported. Information on the known distribution of the species is summarized.
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Based on the collected specimen and available photographs, we provide first records of the invasive assassin bug spe-cies Zelus (Diplodacus) renardii Kolenati, 1857 from Croatia and Montenegro. We also report a case of accidental introduction of a larva of Z. renardii to the Czech Republic. These records document further spreading of this species native in America in Medi-terranean Europe and possible ways of its spreading to the new areas.
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This paper discusses five species of the family Miridae, recorded from Albania and Kosovo. Closterotomus trivialis (A. Costa, 1853), Phytocoris (Phytocoris) tiliae tiliae (Fabricius, 1777) and Campyloneura virgula (Herrich-Schaeffer, 1835) are new in Albania. Closterotomus reuteri (Horváth, 1882) and Excentricus planicornis (Herrich-Schaeffer, 1836) are new in Kosovo. Data on distribution and ecology are also provided about the mentioned species.
Paride Dioli
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Nariscus spinosus is first reported from Gran Canaria Island (Spain). A male specimen, easily recognizable by the presence of a long spine in the posterior femurs and the very elongate head, was photographed in the southern sector of the island. Its host plant (Acacia farnesiana), an alien and invasive species of South American origin, is also reported.
Specimens of Amnestus pusillus were collected in Veneto, Italy, at light. The species is of American origin and, outside its natural range, has been recorded previously from Iran and Asian part of Turkey. The present record is the first for Europe. Key words: Alien species, Burrower Bugs, Amnestus pusillus, Cydnidae, New record, Europe, Italy
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The first record of Dryadocoris apicalis (Herrich-Schaeffer, 1842) for Greece is reported. Information on the known distribution of the species is summarized.
Reporting the second record of Solenosthedium bilunatum (Lefèbvre, 1827) in Albania, the presence of the species in the country is confirmed. Information on the known distribution of S. bilunatum in Europe is summarized.
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In the last decades the Asiatic brown marmorated stink bug Halyomorpha halys (Stål, 1855) (BMSB) infested North America and recently Europe, where it was recorded in many countries. The new record from Algeria is recent (2021) and concerns an adult photographed in the city of Skikda at the Mediterranean coast of the country. There is a penetration of pests in Algeria by commercial business, mainly from Spain and Morocco, probably in the area of the port. Skikda is connected to other Mediterranean ports from coast to coast on a daily basis.
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The first records of Spilostethus furcula (Herrich-Schäffer, 1850) in Malta are reported with host plants. Information on the known distribution of the species is summarized.
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A specimen of Odontotarsus parvulus Horváth, 1917 with an unusual colour pattern recently found on the Greek island of Crete is presented.
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Erthesina fullo (Thunberg, 1783) is recorded for the first time in Europe. Collected specimens in 2020 from Albania were identified by comparing the length of their rostrum. This species can acclimatize on two local trees, namely Tilia cordata Miller, 1768 and Ziziphus jujuba Miller, 1768.
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First record in Europe of the alien species Nemausus inornatus (Stål, 1858), found in Southeastern Spain (Hemiptera, Alydidae). The alien species Nemausus inornatus is reported for the first time in Europe (Spain, Alicante). Native to Africa, it lives on Acacia sp. as other species of the same genus. In the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) is present also Nemausus sordidatus, even native from Africa. In this regard, the morphological differences between the two taxa are highlighted. Key words: Nemausus inornatus; Hemiptera; Alydidae; Spain; Alicante; Europe; new record; alien species.
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The first record of Thaumastocoris peregrinus Carpintero & Dellapé, 2006 on the Greek island of Crete is reported. Information on the known distribution of the species in Europe is summarized.
Paride Dioli
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New or less known Heteroptera for the Italian Fauna. The Author communicates the record of any interesting Heteroptera: the presence of Piezocranum simulans HORV. in Italy is confirmed; Campylosteira bosnica HORV., Plinthisus saundersi HORV., Drymus pilicornis (M.R.) and Agraphopus virescens REUT. are new for Italian IiSt
Abstract: The first report of Phimodera flori Fieber, 1863 (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Scutelleridae) in the Balkan Peninsula (Mt. Olympus, Greece) is presented. This continental European and Central Asian species is rare in southern Europe where it has been found only at high altitudes of the Alps and the Pyrenees so far. It has been regarded as extinct from the 1970’s in many countries. The species is recorded for the first time for Greece, being Mt. Olympus the southernmost known locality. Key words: Phimodera flori, Hemiptera, Scutelleridae, Mount Olympus, Greece, Balkan Peninsula, new record.
Paride Dioli
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The genus Camponotidea Reuter, 1879 with C. fieberi, Reuter, 1879 (Hemiptera: Miridae) is recorded for the first time from the Island of Crete. Differences between C. fieberi and C. saundersi (Puton, 1874) are discussed. A new host plant is presented for this Ponto-Mediterranean zoophytophagous species
In September 2019, we detected Plinachtus imitator (Coreidae) in Western Liguria (Imperia) on the “false pepper” tree (Schinus molle, Anacardiaceae) which is a new host plant for this insect known, until now, only on mastic (Pistacia lentiscus). This is the first record of P.imitator in Northern Italy (Liguria) and Puglia and the northernmost of its areal.
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The genus Sphedanolestes Stål, 1867, with the species S. annulatus Linnavuori, 1961 (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) is record-ed for the first time from Iran and Jordan. This species is considered endemic for Israel, and its colour variation is described.
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Ellipsocoris kalashiani is recorded for the first time in Apulia (Southern Italy). The specie was described by Carapezza (2009) from Eastern Turkey and Western Armenia, but no records have ever been reported for Europe. Recently, few individuals of this species were found in Alta Murgia National Park (Apulia, Italy), a Special Protection Area (SPA) and Site of Community Importance (SCI), characterized by natural forests and dry grassland habitats, with Mediterranean-steppe vegetation. The specimens were collected in two different localities, about 40 km apart from each other, suggesting a long-standing presence in that area. This study provides the first report of the species for the Italian Heteroptera fauna and several hypotheses about its presence there. However, further investigations are needed in order to clarify some ecological aspects, such as its unknown host plant.
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First report of Zelus renardii (Kolenati, 1856) in Sardinia (Hemiptera, Reduviidae). Abstract. Zelus renardii (Kolenati, 1856), intercepted in Italy in 2013 from Rome and later found also in Puglia, is for the first time reported in Sardinia. It is a species native to Central America, the Southern and South Western areas of the United States which, in recent decades, appears to be in sharp and rapid expansion in other biogeographical areas of the world, especially in the Mediterranean. Key Words: Zelus renardii; Reduviidae; Hemiptera; Sardinia; Italy
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The first record of Sphedanolestes cingulatus (Fieber, 1864) for Greece is reported. Information on the known distribution of this species in the Mediterranean Region is summarized and discussed.
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The first record of Leptoglossus occidentalis Heidemann, 1910 (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Coreidae: Coreinae: Anisoscelini) from Andorra is presented. The European distribution of the species is summarized.
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The presence of Spilostethus furcula (Herrich-Schäffer, 1850) on the Balearic Islands is confirmed. Particularly, a recent record of the species on the island of Ibiza is reported. Information on the known distribution of the species in Europe is summarized.
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Records of Solenosthedium bilunatum (Lefèbvre, 1827) (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Scutelleridae) from the Italian island of Ustica and the Spanish island of Ibiza are reported. The European distribution of the species is summarized and discussed.
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The genus Erthesina is recorded for the first time in Europe. It has been observed at least 16 times in Albania since 2017 and since nymphs were found, it means the species is well implanted, can survive in winter, may become invasive and cause damage to crops.
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The first record of Holotrichius spinicollis Reuter, 1891 in Italy (Apulia, Lecce) is presented in this paper. The species was known to date only from Greece (Cyclads Isl.), former Yugoslavia (doubtful) and Turkey. The species is compared with Holotrichius denudatus A.Costa, 1842, the only known species to date in Italy. The relations with humans, and the toxicity of some similar species of the genus Holotrichius Burmeister, 1835, are discussed. The recent finding therefore enlarges the distribution of H.spinicollis towards the western Mediterranean.
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Euphydryas aurinia (Rottemburg 1775) is one of the most seriously threatened European butterflies, as it suffered a severe decline in most countries and it is today listed in the European Community Habitats and Species Directive (92/43/EEC). Although its ecology and biology have been increasingly studied during the 20th Century, the factors affecting its mortality have not been described in detail, and the role of natural enemies on its population dynamics is largely unknown. In this paper, we present new data on predation events of P. bidens (Linnaeus, 1758) on caterpillars of Euphydryas aurinia spp. provincialis (Boisduval, 1828) in Central Italy, and discuss the stages during which predation could have a stronger impact. Our results show that II to IV instar nymphs of P. bidens attack the pre-diapause 3rd instar caterpillars when they live in a communal silken nest, while adults were found on butterfly larval webs, but never preying on caterpillars. The bugs visited a larval group more than once a day and at different times, and showed preference for cooler habitats (i.e., they were not observed on webs of warmer habitats). All together, our observations point out to the potential significant impact that gregarious nymphal instars can have on the population dynamics of E. aurinia in cooler habitats, where predator and prey coexist.
This species is reported for the first time in Lombardy, in the Ticino Valley Regional Park (Magenta). The species, endemic to Italy, was found in Sicily and the Apennines; here its distribution is extended considerably northwards. Magenta is the northernmost station in the whole distribution area. It is also reported for the first time in Liguria.
Phimodera flori Fieber 1863 (Insecta, Heteroptera, Scutelleridae) new to the Alps between France and Italy. Phimodera flori Fieber 1863, a very rare species included in the "red list" and under highest protection, is reported, for the first time, in Val di Susa (Piemonte) between France and Italy. It calls into question some old records due to misidentification, so a key to the European species of this genus is given. Finally the host plant is quoted. Key words: Heteroptera, Scutelleridae, Phimodera, Val di Susa, Torino, Piemonte, Italy.
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The first records of Lasiocoris crassicornis (Lucas, 1849) (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Rhyparochromidae: Rhyparochrominae: Megalonotini) for Lebanon and Israel are reported. Information on the known distribution of the species is summarized .
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The first record of Corythauma ayyari (Drake, 1933) for Egypt is reported. Information on the known distribution of this invasive species in the Mediterranean Region is summarized and discussed.
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Nowadays, online social media provide rich insight into natural history and the distribution of many living beings. Based on citizen records uploaded to Facebook, we confirm the presence of the shield bug Solenosthedium bilunatum (Lefèbvre, 1827) in Croatia. S. bilunatum is a remarkable Mediterranean scutellerid within the subfamily Elvisurinae, with its distribution core in Southern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The species was recorded in Croatia only once prior to our study, in 2000 in Vela Luka on the Adriatic island of Korčula. We report the species from three additional localities in Dalmatia: Kaštel Lukšić (recorded in 2018 and 2019), Split (recorded in 2019) and Mount Srđ above Dubrovnik (recorded in 2019). The species has either been neglected or is rare. Due to global warming, it could spread its distribution area towards north.
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The first record of Leptoglossus occidentalis Heidemann, 1910 in Algeria is reported. Information on the known distribution of the species, especially in the Mediterranean Region, is summarized.
The western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis Heidemann, 1910, an invasive, originally Nearctic species, is reported from the island of Cyprus for the first time. The new record is discussed.
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Information on recent records of Leptoglossus occidentalis Heidemann, 1910 (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Coreidae) on Formentera and Menorca (Balearic Islands) is provided.
Paride Dioli
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Graptostethus servus (Fabricius, 1787) was found, the first time, in the Island Elba in 2007 and therefore in other countries of Central Italy where it was completely unknown. The distribution of this ligeid bug is tropical: Africa, Asia and Australia. In mediterranean countries it’s very scarce and the biology and host plants are less known. Recent records of G. servus were taken on Hedera helix L. and Mentha spicata L.
Strongylocoris erythroleptus was reported till now only from Italy, France and Slovenia. Recent photos, published on BiodiversitadVirtual.org and Naturamediterraneo.com, demonstrate that this species is present also in Spain (Girona/Gerona). Notes on morphology, similar species, distribution, host plants and habitat are presented.
This note adds new occurrence records of the hemipteran alien species Zelus renardii (Kolenati, 1856) in Italy by citizens, entomologists and photographers. This species was recorded for first time in Rome in 2013.
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The first record of Spilostethus furcula (Herrich-Schäffer, 1850) in Greece is reported. Furthermore, information on the biology and the known distribution of the species, especially in Europe, is summarized.
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The first record of Corythauma ayyari for Monaco is reported. Information on the known distribution of the species, especially in the Mediterranean Region, is summarized. Jasminum azoricum is reported as a new host plant of C. ayyari.
The western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis, is an alien invasive species of North American origin. Leptoglossus occidentalis was recorded for the first time in Arsoun-Metn, Lebanon in 2015. Adults and nymphs of L. occidentalis were collected by the authors from various locations in Lebanon and observed on two species of pine, Pinus pinea and Pinus brutia, on Juniperus excelsa and even on Cedrus libani. This could indicate its successful integration in the country and its presence on many coniferous tree species. Studies to investigate the behaviour and the economic impact of this alien insect species in Lebanon are recommended.
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Information on the distribution of Leptoglossus occidentalis in Europe is summarized. The presence of the species in Ireland is confirmed. Records of L. occidentalis on the Isle of Man are reported.
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Leptoglossus occidentalis is reported for Israel. Information on the distribution of the species in the Mediterranean Region, in particular in its eastern part, is summarized.
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The first records of Dryadocoris apicalis for Albania are reported. Information on the known distribution of the species is summarized.
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The first records of Lygaeus simulans Deckert, 1985 in Albania are reported. Additional information on the ecology (habitat preferences, host plants) and the distribution of this species is given.
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Information on the hibernation of Leptoglossus occidentalis Heidemann, 1910 (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Coreidae) is provided. The presence of the species in Morocco is confirmed.
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The first record of Zelus renardii from Israel is reported. Additional information on the distribution of the species is given.
The arrival of Leptoglossus occidentalis Heidemann, 1910 (Heteroptera: Coreidae) on the Greek island of Crete is reported. Additional information on the distribution and the ecology of this species is given.
Es wird über einen aktuellen Nachweis von Zelus renardii (Kolenati, 1856) auf der griechischen Insel Kreta berichtet. Ergänzende Informationen zur Verbreitung der Art in Europa werden gegeben.
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First and new records of Heteroptera for the Mediterranean Region or specific countries/parts belonging to it.