Biodiversity Science ›› 2010, Vol. 18 ›› Issue (6): 638-646.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.2010.638

Special Issue: Biological Invasions: Mechanisms Impacts and Management;

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Sycamore lace bug, Corythucha ciliata, an invasive alien pest rapidly spreading in urban China

Ruiting Ju1, 2; Bo Li1*   

  1. 1Coastal Ecosystems Research Station of the Yangtze River Estuary, Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Biodiversity Science and Ecological Engineering, Institute of Biodiversity Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433

    2Department of Plant Protection, Shanghai Institute of Landscape Gardening Science, Shanghai 200232
  • Received:2010-03-29 Online:2011-01-31
  • Bo Li

An exotic invasive pest, the sycamore lace bug, Corythucha ciliata (Say) (Hemiptera: Tingidae), was first found in Changsha of Hunan Province in 2002 and has since been recorded in 25 cities in 11 Chinese provinces or municipalities. This species feeds mainly on leaves of Platanus spp. trees. Heavy infestations have been concentrated in the Yangtze River basin. Here, we briefly describe this species, focusing on its invasion biology. In so doing, we first review the lace bug’s biological characteristics, including its life history, feeding habits and reproduction, and then focus on its invasion ecology, covering invasion pathways, adaptation during invasion (cold and heat tolerance), and major environmental factors affecting its invasion success and its impact on native urban ecosystems. Finally, we make some suggestions for managing this bug in Chinese cities.

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