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FIRST INTERCEPTION OF TRICHOFERUS CAMPESTRIS (FALDERMANN, 1835) (COLEOPTERA CERAMBYCIDAE CERAMBYCINAE) IN ITALY


Abstract


The Velvet Longhorned Beetle Trichoferus campestris (Faldermann, 1835) was intercepted for the first time in Italy, in the Naples harbour, during monitoring activities at entry points carried out in the context of the national project ASPROPI. T. campestris is widely polyphagous and able to colonize several woody species in both agricultural and forest environments. Moreover timber and solid wood items can be equally attractive to this pest. This additional report, in an area where other alien insect species had been identified in the past, emphasises how the national monitoring network represents a key element of the alert system designed to quickly counter the accidental introduction and spreading of exotic insect pests.


Keywords

Velvet Longhorned Beetle, exotic species, Southern Italy.

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