Florida Entomologist (2013) 96, 1228-1230

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G.S. Wheeler (2013)
A Florida defoliator, Nystalea ebalea (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae), found feeding on Brazilian peppertree
Florida Entomologist 96 (3), 1228-1230
Abstract: A species of Notodontidae, Nystalea ebalea was discovered feeding on leaflets of the invasive weed Schinus terebinthifolia Raddi (Sapindales: Anacardiaceae) in south Florida. The larvae of this species generally have 5 instars and require 20-22 days to reach the pupal stage. Discovery of wild populations of this Neotropical species in the weed's invasive range precluded its consideration as a classical biological control agent.
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Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:
surveys/distribution/isolation


Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.


Schinus terebinthifolius (weed) U.S.A. (SE)
Nystalea ebalea (weed bioagent) Schinus terebinthifolius (weed) U.S.A. (SE)