Detection of Lema bilineata Germar (COLEOPTERA: CHRYSOMELIDAE) in Australia

Mark Stevens, Rex Stanton, Hanwen Wu, B Sampson, T.A. Weir, C.A.M. Reid, Jianhong Mo

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The South American chrysomelid Lema bilineata Germar is recorded for the first time in Australia. Adults and larvae were found feeding on Prairie Ground Cherry (Physalis viscosa L.) in an open greenhouse in Wagga Wagga in southern New South Wales during November 2008. The greenhouse population was eradicated immediately after it was recognised as a potential biosecurity threat but further detections of L. bilineata were subsequently made in the Cootamundra area. L. bilineata feeds on a range of solanaceous plants including both crop species and weeds, and has potential negative and positive impacts on agriculture in south-eastern Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalGeneral and Applied Entomology
Issue number2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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