adults of bonagota cranaodes (meyrick) (lepidoptera: tortricidae) were maintained in cages of transparent pvc without food, with water, and fed with honey solution at 10% and with honey solution at 10% + 25% of beer only with water and without feeding to evaluate their fecundity, longevity and viability of eggs in growth to (25±1°c and 70±10% of ru). the longevity of females and males was longer and number of eggs/female were obtained in the mean substratum composed of honey at 10% (17,75 days, 17,35 days and 14,07 eggs/posture) and honey at 10% + 25% of beer (18,25 days, 18,20 days and 12,71 eggs/posture). the viability of the eggs and the duration of the embryonic period was similar in all the treatments. the mean with honey at 10% + 25% of beer, presented effects similar to the mean composed with honey at 10% regarding to the longevity, fertility and viability of eggs of b. cranaodes. however, due to the lower cost, the diet based only in honey represents the best choice in laboratory for maintenance rearing of this insect.