First record of Luperomorpha nigripennis in Italy
In 2006, the presence of a new insect pest was noticed on ornamental and citrus trees in the province of Pistoia (Toscana) in Italy. The pest was identified as Luperomorpha nigripennis (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Feeding damage was observed on young leaves of Arbutus unedo, Elaeagnus angustifolia x ebbingei, Eucalyptus gunnii, Euonymus japonicus and Citrus. Very little information is available in the literature about the biology of L. nigripennis and the damage it may cause. So far, it is known to occur in India and Nepal. This is the first time that this Asian species has been recorded in Italy (and apparently in Europe).
Conti B, Raspi A (2007) [First record for Italy of Luperomorpha nigripennis Duvivier (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae)] Informatore Fitopatologico no 7/8, 51-52 (in Italian).