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The invasion continues: Hierodula tenuidentata (Mantodea), Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera) and Pelopidas thrax (Lepidoptera) already on the island of Alonnisos

Mario Langourov https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6756-3420; Nikolay Simov https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1626-2964; Stanislav Abadjiev https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9106-1754

20 December 2022 · volume 44 · (issue 11) · pp. 137–144 · PDF [full text]

Abstract: During a brief visit of Alonnisos Island in 2022 some insect species (mainly butterflies) were observed and photographed. Three of them are new for the island’s fauna – the giant Asian mantis Hierodula tenuidentata Saussure, 1869, western conifer seed bug Leptoglossus occidentalis Heidemann, 1910, millet skipper Pelopidas thrax (Hübner, [1821]). Their establishment on the island is not a surprise, but it well illustrates the expansion of these species in the Mediterranean area. A list of the observed butterflies is also provided.

Keywords: Alonnisos, Bulgaria, butterflies, Greece, insects, invasive alien species, new records

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Langourov M., Simov N., Abadjiev S. 2022 The invasion continues: Hierodula tenuidentata (Mantodea), Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera) and Pelopidas thrax (Lepidoptera) already on the island of Alonnisos. Historia naturalis bulgarica 44: 137–144.

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