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First record of Cydalima perspectalis (Walker, 1859) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) in Greece

I. Strachinis / C. Kazilas / F. Karamaouna
  • Department of Pesticides Control and Phytopharmacy, Benaki Phytopathological Institute, 8 St. Delta Str., GR-145 61, Kifi ssia, Attica, Greece
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/ N.E. Papanikolaou
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Published Online: 2015-07-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/hppj-2015-0010


The study concerns the first records for the presence of the box tree moth Cydalima perspectalis in Greece and subsequent infestations on ornamental box trees in urban environment. Adults of the pest were first spotted in six locations around the country from October 2013 until April 2015, when infestation was also detected (mid April). The pest was found infesting plants of Buxus sempervirens in several private and public gardens and parks in the urban environment of Kifissia, Attica. Possible introduction scenarios, as well as preventive and control measures are discussed.

Keywords: alien species; box tree moth; Buxus; invasive


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Received: 2015-05-08

Accepted: 2015-06-14

Published Online: 2015-07-14

Published in Print: 2015-07-01

Citation Information: Hellenic Plant Protection Journal, Volume 8, Issue 2, Pages 66–72, ISSN (Online) 1791-3691, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/hppj-2015-0010.

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