Monitoring ten insect pests in selected orchards in three Azorean Islands: The project CUARENTAGRI

Lamelas-López, L., Borges, P.A.V., Tarantino, E., Juliano, M.M., Fontes, J.C., Moules, C., Rodrigues, R., Machado, J., Mota, J.A., Sousa, B., Amaral, H., Filipe, M.C. & Lopes, D.H. (2023). Monitoring ten insect pests in selected orchards in three Azorean Islands: The project CUARENTAGRI.

Biodiversity Data Journal, 11, e100942. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.11.e100942 (IF2021 1,550; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)
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  • Mar, 2023



The data we present are part of the CUARENTAGRI project, which involves all archipelagos of the Macaronesia (Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands and Cabo Verde). The project aims to: i) identify and evaluate the risks associated with the introduction of new arthropod pests; ii) study the population dynamics of selected arthropod pest species currently responsible for the damage of key target crops and iii) develop monitoring systems, based on prediction and/or population dynamics of the crop pests, creating warnings and a phytosanitary prevention system. In this contribution, we compile data for three Azorean Islands (Terceira, São Jorge and São Miguel Islands), where pheromone-baited traps were placed in pastures, potato fields and several orchards’ types (apples, banana, chestnuts, olives, orange and strawberry), during three consecutive years (2020, 2021 and 2022).

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A total of 114,827 specimens of insects (ArthropodaInsecta) were collected, belonging to four orders, six families and ten recorded pest species. A total of eight species are considered introduced (Cosmopolites sordidus (Germar, 1824), Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura, 1931), Bactrocera oleae (Rossi, 1790), Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann, 1824), Phthorimaea operculella (Zeller, 1873), Cydia pomonella (Linnaeus, 1758), Cydia splendana (Hübner, 1799) and Grapholita molesta (Busck, 1916); n = 84,986 specimens) and two native non-endemic (Mythimna unipuncta (Haworth, 1809) and Spodoptera littoralis (Boisduval, 1833); n = 17,465 specimens). This study intended to contribute to a better knowledge of the arthropods pests that can affect the Azorean crops and will serve as a baseline for future monitoring actions, pest risk assessments and prevention systems.