Detection of Tobacco slug beetle in New South Wales

Publication Date
خميس, 23 إبريل 2009, 00:00
Last Updated
يونيو 30, 2015, 5:42 ص
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Lema bilineata - (LEMABI)
Report Status
Prairie Ground Cherry (Physalis viscosa L.)
Pest Status
  • Present: only in some areas
Geographical Distribution
Present at 2 sites in New South Wales: Cootamundra and Wagga Wagga

Unusual beetles were noted to be feeding on Prairie Ground Cherry leaves in November 2008 in a glasshouse. Samples were sent for identification and identity confirmed late December 2008. The glasshouse has been sprayed to control the beetle. It has also been detected at Cootamundra. Other known hosts: This beetle has been evaluated as a biocontrol agent for jimsonweed, Datura stramonium.

South American researchers have conducted feeding trials on D. ferox, Nicandra physaloides, Physalis viscosa, Nicotiana tabacum and N. glauca. Some damage is possible to isolated tobacco plants.

Native to South America, it was accidentally introduced to South Africa many years ago. It is very different in the adult stage from Lema triviatta which is widespread in Australia.

None: detected on noxious weed
Contact for info
Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer Australian Government Department of Agriculture, GPO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601 Australia [email protected]
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