Forum: Arthropods Associated with Bromelia Hemisphaerica (Bromeliales: Bromeliaceae) in Morelos, Mexico

Ochoa, Mirna Gutierrez, Lavin, Mario Camino, Ayala, Federico Castrejon and Perez, Alfredo

Abstract


A survey was conducted of the arthropod fauna associated with Bromelia hemisphaerica Lamarck (Bromeliaceae) at Yautepec, Morelos, Mexico. In this survey, conducted from January to September 1989, 40.3 percent of the species represented in the collections were predatory, belonging to the orders Araneae, Acarina (Parasitiformes and Acariformes), Hemiptera, Coleoptera and Hymenoptera. Herbivorous species accounted for 16.4 percent of the total species collected. Among these were Ferrisia virgata (Cockerell) and Dysmicoccus brevipes (Cockerell), which might become pests when these plants are cultivated in monoculture.

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