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30 September 2019 Solanum lycocarpum Saint Hilaire (Solanaceae) is Host Plant of Leucanella memusae (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae: Hemileucinae) in Brazilian Mountain Grasslands
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Larvae of the subfamily Hemileucinae possess urticating bristles capable of inducing stinging in humans. The objective of this report was to describe Solanum lycocarpum Saint Hilaire (Solanaceae) as a natural host of Leucanella memusae (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae: Hemileucinae) larvae in Brazilian mountain grasslands. Individuals of L. memusae complete their life cycle feeding on leaves of S. lycocarpum, and have the potential to migrate to agricultural crops in the region of Diamantina, Minas Gerais State.

Marcus Alvarenga Soares, Luiza Pereira Sánchez, José Bosco Isaac Júnior, Elizangela Souza Pereira, Evaldo Martins Pires, Germano Leão Demolin Leite, and José Cola Zanuncio "Solanum lycocarpum Saint Hilaire (Solanaceae) is Host Plant of Leucanella memusae (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae: Hemileucinae) in Brazilian Mountain Grasslands," Florida Entomologist 102(3), 624-626, (30 September 2019). https://doi.org/10.1653/024.102.0341
Published: 30 September 2019
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