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Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
Metamorphosis Volume 32 (2021), Articles: 74 - 92
Publication Date : 2021-12-21
Author/s : Rolf G. Oberprieler, Andrew S. Morton & Simon van Noort

Title :

The life history of Vegetia grimmia (Geyer, 1832) (Saturniidae: Bunaeinae: Micragonini), with an account of its discovery, distribution and taxonomic distinction

Abstract :

The complete life history of Vegetia grimmia (Geyer, 1832), an uncommon species of Saturniidae restricted to the southwestern parts of the Western Cape province of South Africa, is described and illustrated for the first time. All immature stages of the species are described and illustrated, the larval host plants are recorded and a distribution map of the species based on all available records is compiled. The history of the scientific discovery of the species is summarised, and its distinction from similar species and its taxonomic status are clarified. Parasitism of its eggs by a parasitoid wasp in the genus Anastatus (Eupelmidae) is recorded and illustrated with high-resolution photographs, which are also available on www.waspweb.org.

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Keywords:

larva, pupa, life cycle, Eriocephalus, Cymbopappus, Vegetia ducalis, Vegetia dewitzi, parasitoid, Anastatus.

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