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Novel aspects of the biology of Chrysomelidae

Volume 50 of the series Series Entomologica pp 567-571

Biology and ecology of Mecistomela marginata (Thunberg, 1821) (Hispinae: Alurnini) in Brazil

  • Margarete Valverde De MacedoAffiliated withLaboratório de Ecologia de Insetos, Departamento de Ecologia, Universidade Federal do Rio de JaneiroLaboratorio de Interações Insetos/Plantas, Departamento de Zoologia, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
  • , Ricardo Ferreira MonteiroAffiliated withLaboratório de Ecologia de Insetos, Departamento de Ecologia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  • , Thomas Michael LewinsohnAffiliated withLaboratorio de Interações Insetos/Plantas, Departamento de Zoologia, Universidade Estadual de Campinas

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Abstract

The Hispinae are a relatively homogeneous subfamily in the Chrysomelidae most of which feed on monocot leaves, mainly Graminae and Palmae. Their larvae are usually leaf miners or free feeders between appressed leaves (Jolivet, 1989). The Neotropical tribe Alurnini ecologically is one of the most homogeneous in the subfamily, all the larvae feeding freely between leaves of Palmae. This tribe includes the largest species in the Chrysomelidae.