Tibouchina herbacea Predators - Page 1

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Lep larva that feeds from under webbing on Tibouchina herbacea. Moderately common. saa.
Micro-lep that feeds in the tip of Tibouchina herbacea. Common and damaging in early season. saa.
Macro-lep larva that feeds on Tibouchina herbacea leaves from under webbing. Sometimes common. saa.
Sawfly larva feeding on Tibouchina herbacea. Only found at Canela, RGDS, Brazil and in small numbers. Jan., 1994. 2500 ft. el.
Midge larvae dissected from flower buds. Up to a dozen to a bud. High percentage of infested buds and very damaging. Jan., 1994. 60 km N of Porto Alegre, RGDS, Brazil 2000 ft. el.
Late instar larva (top) which fed on Tibouchina herbacea. Moderately common. Damaging. saa. Butterfly (bottom) emerged from pupa of the larvae. Pupal stage 17 days at 65 degrees F. saa.
Micro-lep larva and leaf damage. Feeds on young leaves. Moderate numbers. Jan., 1994. 100 km W of Porto Alegre, RGDS, Brazil 200 ft. el.
(top) Micro-lep larva feeding on flower buds of Tibouchina herbacea. Destroys flower buds and was extremely abundant and damaging. Larva very similar in appearance and habit to Mompha trithalama, a moth which is being released for control of Clidemia hirta. Jan., 1994. 60 km N of Porto Alegre, Brazil 2000 ft. el. (bottom) larva just beginning pupal case
Macro-lep larva feeds in tips of Tibouchina herbacea and other Tibouchina sp.; webs abundantly. Very common at both high and low elevations. saa.
Lep larva that feeds on young Tibouchina herbacea leaves. Mod-low numbers. saa.
Macro-lep larva that feeds on Tibouchina herbacea flower buds. Two color phases shown. Mod-low numbers. saa.
Chrysomelid beetle that feeds on Tibouchina herbacea leaves. Common in one area. Jan., 1994. Near Nova Petropolis, RGDS, Brazil 350 ft. el.
Weevil which feeds on tips of Tibouchina herbacea. Abundant in early season.

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