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First Record of Membracis juncta (Walker) (Hemiptera: Membracidae) in Tibouchina candolleana (Mart. ex DC.) (Melastomataceae)
- Vieira, Estela Rosana Durães, Júnior, Sebastião Lourenço de Assis, Soares, Marcus Alvarenga, Santos, Gleica Cândido, Barroso, Gabriel Alves, Tavares, Thiago de Assis, Aguiar, Luciana Monteiro
- TheFlorida entomologist 2019 v.102 no.1 pp. 275-277
- Membracidae, Tibouchina, cities, eggs, flowering, imagos, insects, leaves, necrosis, nymphs, power lines, reforestation, tissues, Brazil
- Tibouchina candolleana (Mart. ex DC.) plants are used in urban reforestation in several cities because its height is compatible with power lines, as well as for its profuse flowering. However, it is susceptible to damage by several insects. Here we provide the first report of Membracis juncta (Walker) (Hemiptera: Membracidae) attacking T. candolleana plants in Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Eggs, nymphs, and adult insects of M. juncta were found apically, feeding on young, tender tissues. Their feeding resulted in necrosis on leaves.