First report of Cacopsylla fulguralis in Italy
Cacopsylla fulguralis (Homoptera: Psyllidae – EPPO Alert List) is reported for the first time from Italy. At the end of April 2003, several plants of Elaeagnus x ebbingei severely damaged by a small psyllid were observed in the city of Mestre, near Venezia (Veneto region). The psyllid was identified as C. fulguralis. Further studies revealed its presence in a garden centre near Milano (Lombardia) on plants of E. ebbingei and E. pungens. These infested plants had been grown near Pistoia (Toscana). The authors felt that C. fulguralis is probably more widespread, at least in Northern Italy, than originally thought, and that this introduction is probably related to imports of ornamental plants from Asia.
Süss, L.; Savoldelli, S. (2003) Rinvenimento di Cacopsylla fulguralis (Kuwayama) (Homoptera Psyllidae) in Italia.
Bollettino di Zoologia Agraria e di Bachicoltura, Serie II, 35(1), 95-98.