On the establishment of the western conifer seed bug Leptoglossus occidentalis
Heidemann (Heteroptera: Coreidae) in Chile

Eduardo I. Faúndez, Javiera Rocca, Javier Villablanca


After the first interceptions of Leptoglossus occidentalis in Chile, the first also in the southern hemisphere, a year later new collecting confirms the establishment of this species in the country. The records are from diverse localities and regions in the country, including places far away from the coastal areas, where it initially was observed. Although there are still not records of economic damage, the establishment of this species in the country may lead to infestations on pine plantations. Also, there are several native coniferous species, with conservation problems that may be reached by this species. Therefore it is urged to local authorities to start education and control programs regarding this species.

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Distribution, Hemiptera, invasive species, southern hemisphere.

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