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Appearance and migration of the horse-chestnut leafminer Cameraria ohridella in relation to city size and leaf-raking, using the example of two cities in Western Poland

Abstract

Possible differences in the size and dynamics of the appearance of particular generations of Cameraria ohridella were studied at two city sites of different size and character. The differences in the degree of infestation of Aesculus hippocastanum by the horse chestnut leafminer in the two towns are interpreted as a result of the differences in the size of food resources. The greater degree of infestation of trees in Mosina relative to trees in Poznań is most probably a result of the difficulty of aerial dispersion and thereby much stronger competition for food. This conclusion confirms a positive correlation of the distance between localities with the degree of tree infestation in a small town and the lack of such a correlation in a big city. The presence of refuges in the city outskirts at which no raking and removal of leaves is performed does not seem to have a significant effect on the degree of horse chestnut infestation in the centre.

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We thank Dobrosława Andersz for assistance in the preparation of the database.

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Baraniak, E., Walczak, U. & Zduniak, P. Appearance and migration of the horse-chestnut leafminer Cameraria ohridella in relation to city size and leaf-raking, using the example of two cities in Western Poland. J Pest Sci 78, 145–149 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10340-005-0085-6

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Keywords

  • Aesculus sp.
  • Cameraria ohridella
  • Dispersion
  • Litter removal
  • Non-raked refuges
  • Urban agglomerations