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Title: Fern-Feeding Musotimines (Crambidae: Pyraloidea) for Presentation: at the Lepidopterists¿ Society Meeting, July 14-17, 2003, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

item Solis, M

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: June 5, 2004
Publication Date: June 5, 2004
Citation: Solis, M.A. 2004. Fern-feeding musotimines (crambidae: pyraloidea) for presentation: at the lepidopterists¿ society meeting, July 14-17, 2003, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Meeting Abstract.06/05/2004.1:1

Technical Abstract: The Musotiminae is comprised of 18 genera and about 200 species worldwide. Undulambia polystichalis is the only published record of a fern-feeding musotimine in the Western Hemisphere. It was reared and considered a pest on Rumoha adiantifolis, commonly known as leather-leaf fern by florists in Florida, U.S.A. Recent fieldwork indicates that Musotiminae may harbor more undiscovered fern-feeders worldwide. During exploration for natural enemies of Old World climbing fern, Lygodium microphyllum in Australia and southeastern Asia, new musotimine taxa were discovered. In January 1998, Don Davis discovered a new genus & species of Musotiminae at Cerro de la Muerte in the San José Province of Costa Rica mining the fern Elaphoglossum conspersum.

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