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Title: LARVA AND POSSIBLE FOOD PLANT OF ANCYLONEURA VARIPES (CAMERON) (HYMENOPTERA: PERGIDAE) IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Author
item Bito, Darren
item Smith, David R

Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/5/2005
Publication Date: 4/7/2005
Citation: Bito, D., Smith, D.R. 2005. Larva and possible food plant of Ancyloneura varipes (Cameron) (Hymenoptera: Pergidae) in Papua New Guinea. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 107:463-465

Interpretive Summary: The caterpillar-like larvae of sawflies are plant feeders and can cause economic damage to agricultural crops, forests, and ornamentals. Some may be beneficial as biological control agents of unwanted plants. A new food plant record and first larval association was discovered for a sawfly in Papua New Guinea during a survey of caterpillars feeding on an alien plant. The plant record, rearing notes, and larval description are presented. This information will be of use to biological control workers, scientists working on insect-plant associations, and APHIS for possible exclusion of an invasive species in the United States.

Technical Abstract: Ancyloneura varipes (Cameron) (Pergidae: Euryinae) was reared from larvae found on Spathodea campanulata (L.) Kunth. (Bignoniaceae), an alien plant in Papua New Guinea. The larva, biological notes, and possible food plant association are the first known for any species of this genus. The larva is briefly described and illustrated.