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1 September 2016 Conotelus sp. (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae), a New Insect Pest of Passion Fruit in the Amazon Biome
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Conotelus sp. (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) is documented in passion fruit plantations in the state of Rondônia, Brazil, where producers have reported losses of approximately 80%. Damage is higher than that caused by traditional passion fruit insect pests, and there are no effective control methods. Flowering phenology is a key factor in insect attraction and recurrence. The beetles attack flowers, and a larval preference for pollen was shown. This insect can complete its life cycle in flowers on the ground. Damage characteristics, the distribution of the insect, changes in population size, and possible causes of outbreaks are reported.

Denner Manthay Potin, Gilberto Santos Andrade, Rhayra Zanol Pereira, and Samir Oliveira Kassab "Conotelus sp. (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae), a New Insect Pest of Passion Fruit in the Amazon Biome," Florida Entomologist 99(3), 580-582, (1 September 2016). https://doi.org/10.1653/024.099.0345
Published: 1 September 2016
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