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Siamusotima aranea, a new stem-boring musotimine (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) from Thailand feeding on Lygodium flexuosum (Schizaeaceae)

Author:
Solis, M.A., Yen, S.H., Goolsby, J.H., Wright, T., Pemberton, R., Winotai, A., Chattrukul, U., Thagong, A., Rimbut, S.
Source:
Annals of the Entomological Society of America 2005 v.98 no.6 pp. 887
ISSN:
0013-8746
Subject:
Crambidae, new genus, new species, insect morphology, insect taxonomy, boring insects, food plants, Lygodium flexuosum, biological control agents, weed control, ferns and fern allies, mimicry (behavior), Araneae, Lygodium microphyllum, Thailand
Abstract:
Siamusotima aranea Solis & Yen, is a new stem-boring musotimine species from Thailand. It was discovered in the stems of Lygodium flexuosum (L.) Sw. (Schizaeaceae) during exploration for biological control agents of Lygodium microphyllum (Cav.) R. Br., the Old World climbing fern. This is the first report in the Pyraloidea of a stem-boring larva with unique modifications of the anal segment resembling that of tenebrionid beetle immatures and with observations of possible mimicry between the adult moth and spiders.
Agid:
1703
Handle:
10113/1703