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Revista Brasileira de Zoologia

Print version ISSN 0101-8175

Rev. Bras. Zool. vol.2 no.2 Curitiba  1983 

Natural occurrence of baculoviruses in populations of some Heliconiini (Lepidoptera; Nymphalidae) with symptomatological notes



G. F. S. Andrade; M. E. M. Habid

Departamento de Zoologia, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, 13.100 Campinas, SP




Natural occurrence of nuclear polyhedrosis viruses were detected in populations of some Heliconiini in the field as well as in the laboratory. The epizootics appeared under field conditions in populations of Dione juno juno, D. moneta and Agraulis vanillae maculosa. In the laboratory, however, larvae of Heliconius numata mirus, H. hecale vetustus and H. erato phyllis in addition to two hybrids and Eueides Isabella dianasa, all suffered the same disease.
The effect of several factors which might contribute to the occurrence of the disease are discussed. Symptoms, histopathology and description of viral particles and polyhedra are given.



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