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New host-plant records for the defoliator Ormiscodes amphimone (Fabricius) (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae)

DOI: 10.1590/S1519-566X2010000600032

Keywords: defoliation, hemileucinae, herbivory, insect outbreak, nothofagus pumilio, patagonia.

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Abstract:

ormiscodes amphimone (fabricius) is a phytophagous moth species known to severely defoliate woody species in chile and argentina. here we document new records of o. amphimonehost associations emphasizing the role of nothofagus pumilio as its primary host in our study area. this new record for argentina is highly significant given the economic importance of n. pumilio as a timber resource and the potential of o. amphimone to generate extensive outbreaks.

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