First record of Azalea Sawfly (Euura lipovskyi, Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae) in Canada
Keywords:Hymenoptera, Tenthredinidae, Euura lipovskyi, Azalea Sawfly, Ottawa, Canada, Rhododendron calendulaceum, Flame Azalea, range extension, invasive, pest
Azalea Sawfly (Euura lipovskyi) larvae found feeding on foliage and flowers of cultivated Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum) in Ottawa, Ontario, in late May 2021 are the first records of this sawfly in Canada. The native range of Azalea Sawfly includes the eastern United States, but the species has extended its distribution recently to the Pacific northwest of North America and Europe. Recorded foodplants include Rhododendron calendulaceum, Rhododendron luteum, Rhododendron obtrusum, Rhododendron occidentale, Rhododendron molle, Rhododendron viscosum, and possibly Early Azalea (Rhododendron prinophyllum), all in Rhododendron section Pentanthera. The new combinations Euura lipovskyi and Euura azaleae are proposed.
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