First Host Plant Record for Thaeides muela (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Theclinae: Eumaeini)

Héctor A. Vargas, Marcelo Duarte

Abstract


The native shrub Baccharis alnifolia Meyen & Walp. (Asterales: Asteraceae) is recorded as the first larval host plant known for the Neotropical hairstreak Thaeides muela (Dyar, 1913) (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae, Eumaeini), based on field samplings performed on the western slopes of the northern Chilean Andes.

 

El arbusto nativo Baccharis alnifolia Meyen & Walp. (Asterales: Asteraceae) es mencionado como el primer registro de planta hospedera para la mariposa neotropical Thaeides muela (Dyar, 1913) (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae, Eumaeini), sobre la base de colectas efectuadas en la vertiente occidental de los Andes del norte de Chile.

 

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Keywords


Andes; Asteraceae; Baccharis; caterpillar; florivory

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