SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.75 issue4  suppl.1Geographic distribution of Gastrotheca fissipes (Boulenger, 1888) (Anura: Hemiphractidae) in the Brazilian Atlantic ForestFirst record of a breeding colony of black-necked stilt Himantopus mexicanus (Aves: Recurvirostridae) in northeastern Brazil author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand




Related links


Brazilian Journal of Biology

Print version ISSN 1519-6984On-line version ISSN 1678-4375

Braz. J. Biol. vol.75 no.4 supl.1 São Carlos Nov. 2015  Epub Nov 24, 2015 

Notes and Comments

First report of the microlepidopteran Caloreas cydrota (Meyrick, 1915) (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae) in Brazil

O. C. Bortolottoa  * 

G. V. Silvaa 

A. F. Buenob 

aPrograma de Pós-graduação em Entomologia, Departamento de Zoologia, Universidade Federal do Paraná – UFPR, Setor de Ciências Biológicas, CEP 81531-980, Curitiba, PR, Brazil

bLaboratório de Parasitoides, Embrapa Soja, CEP 86001-970, Londrina, PR, Brazil

The microlepidopteran Caloreas cydrota (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae) was first time recorded in Colômbia in 1915 (Meyrick, 1915), but after it has not been documented in other regions of the world. Among the host plants of Choreutidae belong to the families of Lamiaceae and Boraginaceae, and, to a lesser extent, the families of Umbelliferae, Scrophulariaceae and Moracea (Heppner, 1977; Rota and Miller, 2013). However, this family has been poorly studied, with limited information being available about this group of insects (Alipanah, 2008). Therefore, this work presents the first documentation of C. cydrota in Brazil, and is the first to report its association with argentina fleabeane Conyza bonariensis (Linnaeus) (Asteracea).

Individual insects were collected from damaged C. bonariensis plants cultivated in a greenhouse at the Embrapa Soybean Research Institution, Londrina, Paraná, Brazil. The specimens were collected with the branches during the larval and pupal stages, to avoid any disturbance to the normal development of the insects. After collection, the material was kept in BOD chambers under controlled environmental conditions (25 ± 2 °C temperature, 60 ± 20% humidity, and a 12 h photophase). After the moths emerged, they were killed by freezing (–5 °C) in a freezer for 24 h. Subsequently the material was sent to a specialist at the Uiraçu Institute to confirm their identification. The moths were subsequently kept at the entomological museum of the Uiraçu Institute.

This study presents the first record of the natural occurrence of C. cydrota in Brazil, and in addition, also confirms that C. bonariensis is a host plant of C. cydrota. It is an important report, because until the present, the literature no reports information about plant hosts of this insect. In greenhouse was possible observe that the larvae cause characteristic foliar “folding” in argentine fleabane which then serves as a shelter, damaging the midvein region of the leaf and weave a web. According Aiello and Solis (2003), this behavior represents a camouflage strategy for protection against natural enemies. In addition, C. cydrota larvae caused a superficial damage in the plants by “scraping” the leaf tissue, resulting in a typical brownish appearance of leaves.

This injury caused by C. cydrota in argentine fleabeane is important due increase the knowledgement about this insect behavior, and we believe that this report can allow identified this microlepidopteran in other regions. Finally, this study indicates that this insect species might be widespread in other parts of the South America, as C. bonariensis is also common in Uruguay, Paraguay, and Argentina (Vargas et al., 2007).


We thank Capes and CNPq agencies for the scholarships, and Prof. Dr. Vitor Osmar Becker for his assistance with species identification.


Aiello, A. and Solis, M.A., 2003. Defense mechanisms in Pyralidae and Choreutidae: fecal stalactites and escape holes, with remarks about cocoons, camouflage and aposematism. Journal of the Lepidopterists Society, vol. 57, no. 4, pp. 168-175. [ Links ]

Alipanah, H., 2008. New record of a choreutid species (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae) from Iran. Zoology in the Middle East, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 114-114. [ Links ]

Heppner, J.B., 1977. The status of the Glyphipterigidae and a reassessment of relationships in yponomeutoidae families and ditrysian superfamilies. Journal of the Lepidopterists Society, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 124-134. [ Links ]

Meyrick, E., 1915. Descriptions of South American micro-lepidoptera. The Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, vol. 63, no. 2, pp. 201-256. [ Links ]

Rota, J. and Miller, S.E., 2013. A new genus of metalmark moths (Lepidoptera, Choreutidae) with Afrotropical and Australasian distribution. ZooKeys, vol. 355, pp. 29-47. PMid:24363568. [ Links ]

Vargas, L., Bianchi, M.A., Rizzardi, M.A., Agostinetto, D. and Dal Magro, T.L., 2007. Buva (Conyza bonariensis) resistente ao glyphosate na região Sul do Brasil. Planta Daninha, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 573-578. [ Links ]

Received: December 22, 2014; Accepted: March 31, 2015

Creative Commons License This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.