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1 June 2013 Description and Evaluation of Metharmostis multilineata (Cosmopterigidae) and Idiophantis soreuta (Gelechiidae) (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea) For Biocontrol Of Downy Rose Myrtle, Rhodomyrtus tomentosa (Myrtaceae)
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Two species of Gelechioidea (Lepidoptera), Metharmostis multilineata Adamski, n. sp. (Cosmopterigidae), and Idiophantis soreuta Meyrick, 1906 (Gelechiidae), were collected in southeastern Asia for evaluation as potential biocontrol agents against downy rose myrtle, Rhodomyrtus tomentosa (Aiton) Hassk. (Myrtaceae), which has become an invasive weed in Florida, USA. Metharmostis Meyrick is reviewed and transferred from Yponomeutidae to Cosmopterigidae (Antequerinae). All life stages of M. multilineata are described and illustrated, with notes on its biology. In addition, protocols for rearing and host testing of M. multilineata are described in detail. Idiophantis appears to be associated with Myrtaceae, and the adult stage of I. soreuta is redescribed. Neither species was suitable for release in Florida.

D. Adamski, J. R. Makinson, B. T. Brown, S. A. Wright, P. D. Prattand, and J. W. Brown "Description and Evaluation of Metharmostis multilineata (Cosmopterigidae) and Idiophantis soreuta (Gelechiidae) (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea) For Biocontrol Of Downy Rose Myrtle, Rhodomyrtus tomentosa (Myrtaceae)," The Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 67(2), 111-127, (1 June 2013). https://doi.org/10.18473/lepi.v67i2.a2
Received: 23 July 2012; Accepted: 30 September 2012; Published: 1 June 2013
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