Notosacantha badia (Boheman)

Rice, Marlin E., 2003, New Host Plant Associations And Distribution Records For Tortoise Beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae) From Southern Africa, The Coleopterists Bulletin 57 (1), pp. 79-83 : 81-82

publication ID 10.1649/0010-065X(2003)057[0079:NHPAAD]2.0.CO;2

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Notosacantha badia (Boheman)


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New host record: SOUTH AFRICA, 23 km NW Harding, Ngele Forest, 308319310S, 298409230E, 2-X-1998, 22 adults. Beetles were feeding on leaves of Maytenus mossambicensis (Klotzsch) , Celastraceae , growing at the forest edge. All beetles were collected from a single tree, however, inspections of another 12 trees of the same species growing nearby were uninhabited by this beetle. Feeding patterns on leaves consisted of elongate scrapings (sensu Heron and Borowiec 1997) approximately 1 mm wide and 4 mm in length, although five distinct feeding scars did connect to form one contiguous scar 14 mm long on a leaf. Feeding scars by N. badia did not develop into holes or notch the leaf margin.


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