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HOLTZ, Anderson Mathias et al. Biological aspects of Thyrinteina arnobia (Lep.: Geometridae) adults originated from caterpillars reared on leaves of Eucalyptus cloeziana or Psidium guajava under field conditions. Rev. Árvore [online]. 2003, vol.27, n.6, pp. 897-901. ISSN 1806-9088.

Eucalyptus plantations in Brazil may be damaged by native insects of many orders including Orthoptera, Coleoptera and Lepidoptera. These insects feed on Brazilian tree species of the family Myrtaceae to which the genus Eucalyptus belongs. The Lepidoptera Thyrinteina arnobia Stoll (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) is the most harmful defoliator of Eucalyptus in Brazil. The objective of this work was to evaluate biological aspects of T. arnobia adults originated from caterpillars fed on guava or eucalyptus plants. Adults of T. arnobia originated from caterpillars reared with eucalyptus or guava leaves presented significant differences for most biological aspects evaluated, except for duration of preoviposition and oviposition periods and sex ratio. This shows that species feeding on host plants related to eucalyptus can cause considerable damage in reforestation with species of this genus. T. arnobia insects are still undergoing an imposed adaptation process to eucalyptus plants and likely feed on these plants to escape from pressure by physical and chemical barriers of Brazilian native Myrtaceae.

Palabras clave : Biology; Thyrinteina arnobia; Eucalyptus cloeziana; Psidium guajava.

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