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Lemonia philopalus (Donzel, 1842) and Phragmites australis weed studies at Burullus Lake, Kafr EL-Sheikh Governorate, Egypt

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2021
Authors:E. A. Refaei, Boraei, H. A., Shahshir, F. A., EL-Sebaey, E. A.
Journal:Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies
Volume:9
Issue:6
Start Page:273
Pagination:273-277
ISSN:2349-6800
Keywords:BRAHMAEIDAE, BUFOIDIA, EGYPT, FOODPLANT, FOODPLANT SPECIFICITY, LASIOCAMPIDAE, LEMONIA, LIFE HISTORY, PEST
Abstract:

"The current study was conducted from 2002 to 2004 to survey the most common species of insect fauna associated with the flora at Burullus Lake, Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate. Two locations were chosen to carry out this work. The first was Bar Bahary Penninsula, and the second was Alazawey Island. The insect, Lemonia philopalus (Donzel, 1842), lays its eggs on the common reed, Phragmites australis, and the larvae attack plants, resulting in considerable damage, which is considered a biocontrol to weeds. The insect was reared for several generations; the lifecycle lasted 50-60 days. Unfortunately, the larvae walking on the human skin cause irritation."

STI taxonomic comments: 
The species in question is misidentified. It was reidentified as Bombycopsis bufo (now Bufoidia ledereri) by Prozorov et al. (2022) (STI 22681).
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