Mechanitis polymnia casabranca AND Ithomia lichyi lichyi (LEPIDOPTERA: NYMPHALIDAE) DAMAGING TREE OF Solanum granuloso-leprosum (SOLANACEAE)

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Wagner de Souza Tavares Alexandre Igor de Azevedo Pereira Alexandre Igor de Azevedo Pereira Olaf Hermann Hendrik Mielke Olaf Hermann Hendrik Mielke José Eduardo Serrão José Eduardo Serrão José Cola Zanuncio José Cola Zanuncio

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The Zona da Mata region is located in southeastern Minas Gerais State, Brazil with fauna and flora diversified, including herbivorous insects and Solanaceae plants. Ithomiinae caterpillars were observed damaging tree of Solanum granuloso-leprosum Dunal (Solanaceae), used for different purposes and abundant in secondary forest. The objective of this study was to identify defoliating caterpillars of S. granuloso-leprosum at the campus of Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV) in Viçosa, Minas Gerais State, Brazil and review host plants of Mechanitis polymnia L., 1758 (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Thirteen caterpillars found damaging a tree of S. granuloso-leprosum at the campus of UFV were collected and maintained in the Laboratório de Controle Biológico de Insetos (LCBI) from UFV until adult emergence. These caterpillars were of two species, being ten of the first and three of the second species. Adult specimens of the latter species were identified as Ithomia lichyi lichyi D’Almeida, 1939 (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in the Departamento de Zoologia of Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR) in Curitiba, Paraná State, Brazil and of the group of ten caterpillars as Mechanitis polymnia casabranca Haensch, 1905 (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in the Museu de Zoologia of Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in São Paulo State, Brazil. This is the first report of M. polymnia casabranca and I. lichyi lichyi together damaging plant of S. granuloso-leprosum in the Zona da Mata region of Minas Gerais State, Brazil and 57 plants are recorded as host of M. polymnia. 

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TAVARES, Wagner de Souza et al. Mechanitis polymnia casabranca AND Ithomia lichyi lichyi (LEPIDOPTERA: NYMPHALIDAE) DAMAGING TREE OF Solanum granuloso-leprosum (SOLANACEAE). CERNE, [S.l.], v. 20, n. 1, p. 165-172, apr. 2016. ISSN 2317-6342. Available at: <http://cerne.ufla.br/site/index.php/CERNE/article/view/973>. Date accessed: 17 sep. 2019.
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Damage, Ithomiinae, Papilionoidea, Solanales, Zona da Mata.
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