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Acta zoológica mexicana

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DIAZ GRISALES, Valentina; CAICEDO VALLEJO, Ana Milena  e  CARABALI MUNOZ, Arturo. Life cycle and morphological description of Heilipus lauri Boheman (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Colombia. Acta Zool. Mex [online]. 2017, vol.33, n.2, pp.231-242. ISSN 2448-8445.

Heilipus lauri Boheman is a species that affects the fruits of Persea americana Miller (Lauraceae) and is catalogued as a quarantine pest for United States market. In Colombia, it has been detected in several departments, however, its management is difficult because of the limited information about its biology and habits. With the aim of contributing to the knowledge of the biology of this species, the life cycle under laboratory conditions (21.6 ± 1.8 °C and relative humidity of 66 ± 8%) was determined and morphological description of the developmental stages for the species was carried out. The life cycle ranging from egg to adult took lasted 76.14 ± 7.31 days in average. Of these, the egg stage lasted 12.70 ± 1.87 days, the larval stage encompassed 48.68 ± 6.41 days and the pupa 14.76 ± 1.13 days. These results represent the first record of duration of the life cycle of specimens of H. lauri associated with P. americana cv. Hass in Colombia, and might constitute the base for the development and implementation of integrated pest management.

Palavras-chave : Persea americana; Hass cultivar; Quarantine pest; Biology; Rearing; Avocado seed borer.

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