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First record of a walnut shield bearer Coptodisca (Lepidoptera: Heliozelidae) in Europe

Bernardo, U., Sasso, R., Gebiola, M., Viggiani, G.
Journal of applied entomology 2012 v.136 no.8 pp. 638-640
Chrysocharis, Coptodisca, Juglans nigra, Juglans regia, adults, larvae, leafminers, leaves, overwintering, parasitoids, walnuts, Arctic region, Italy
A leafminer of the Nearctic genus Coptodisca Walsingham (Lepidoptera: Heliozelidae), a species of potential economic interest, is reported for the first time from Europe, infesting the black (Juglans nigra L.) and the common walnut (Juglans regia L.). Mines were collected since September of 2010 in several sites of two Italian regions (Campania and Lazio). The species is rather similar to Coptodisca juglandella (Chambers), the only Coptodisca known to attack walnuts, but at present, an unambiguous identification cannot be provided because of the unsatisfactory characterization of this leafminer and congeneric species. Three generations were recorded per year and leafminers overwinter as mature larvae. The first adults emerged in May–June while mature larvae of the last generation started the overwintering in September. During the last generation of the year, infestation levels of leaves were 100% in all sampled localities. Several species of parasitoids were reared from infested mines, with specimens belonging to the genus Chrysocharis (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) being the most frequent parasitoids.