Biological and morphometric aspects and rearing of Syssphinx molina (Cramer) (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae), a defoliator of parica tree

Telma Fátima Vieira Batista, Alexandre Mehl Lunz, Valéria do Socorro Vale do Rosário, Leandro José Uchoa Lemos, Rodolfo Silva Provenzano, Ernando da Silva Monteiro
2013 Acta Amazonica  
The objective of this research was to describe the biological and morphometric aspects of the parica tree defoliator, Syssphinx molina (Cramer), and make recommendations about the insect rearing. The life cycle was 62.9 days with mean periods for the egg, larval, pre-pupal and pupal stages of 5.6, 31.1, 2.2 and 16.6 days respectively. The pupal viability was 60.5% for females and 48.6% for males. The sexual ratio was 0.5 with mean production of 182.3 ± 2.2 eggs per female and egg viability of
more » ... .3%. The mean longevity was 7.9 ± 2 and 8.1 ± 3 days for females and males respectively. Other parameters were also observed and compared with description of other Saturniidae species.
doi:10.1590/s0044-59672013000200009 fatcat:gucknkt5hfh5topzbm5xmlwz24