Entomology, Ornithology & Herpetology: Current Research

Entomology, Ornithology & Herpetology: Current Research
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Koi S

Koi S
McGuire Center for Lepidoptera Associate,
9173 SW 72 Ave, M-5, Miami, Gainesville, FL 33156

  • Research Article
    A Butterfly Picks Its Poison: Cycads (Cycadaceae), Integrated Pest Management and Eumaeus atala Poey (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)
    Author(s): Koi SKoi S

    The imperiled Atala hairstreak butterfly, Eumaeus atala Poey 1832 (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) is a specialist species historically living in southeast Florida’s endangered pine rockland ecosystems. Until relatively recently, the butterfly used North America’s only native cycad Zamia integrifolia L. (Zamiaceae: Cycadales), commonly called “coontie,” as the host plant for its offspring. With the introduction of many non-native and valuable cycads into botanical and domestic gardens, the butterfly has expanded its choices to include these exotic species. Conservation of both the plant and insect is complex as herbivory can damage the plant, but control of the larval damage may be detrimental to the fragile populations of the butterfly. Larval and adult host plant choice tests were implemented to compare larval survival, development rates and subsequent adult choice .. View More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2161-0983.1000191

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