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Revista mexicana de biodiversidad

On-line version ISSN 2007-8706Print version ISSN 1870-3453

Abstract

LARA-VILLALON, Manuel; MORA-OLIVO, Arturo; SANCHEZ-RAMOS, Gerardo  and  MARTINEZ-AVALOS, José Guadalupe. Record of Herpetogramma bipunctalis (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae: Crambidae) on the invasive Alternanthera philoxeroides (Amaranthaceae) in Tamaulipas, Mexico. Rev. Mex. Biodiv. [online]. 2014, vol.85, n.2, pp.621-623. ISSN 2007-8706.  http://dx.doi.org/10.7550/rmb.40428.

Herpetogramma bipunctalis (Fabricius) is reported for the first time in Mexico as a defoliator agent of aquatic weed Alternanthera philoxeroides (Mart.) Griseb. The specimens were collected in the Mexican margin of the Río Grande in the municipality of Matamoros, Tamaulipas. Data on insect development until adulthood are presented. H. bipunctalis represents a potential use for biological control of this and other invasive weeds.

Keywords : defoliator; biological control; aquatic weed; Río Grande.

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