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Silkworm moths inventory in their natural tapia forest habitat (Madagascar): diversity, population dynamics and host plants
Razafimanantsoa, Tsiresy; Raminosoa, Noromalala; Rakotondrasoa, Olivia et al.
2013In African Entomology, 21 (1), p. 137-150
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Keywords :
Borocera cajani; Borocera marginepunctata; Europtera punctillata; host plant abundance; life cycle; Imamo forests
Abstract :
[en] Endemic silk moths (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae) in Madagascar have been collected and exploited for centuries by local populations either for food or as a source of silk cocoons from which textiles are made. Moth natural forest habitat has also been degraded, leading to a drastic decrease in silk moth populations. However, very few scientific reports highlighted these observations well known by the local people.We have inventoried silk moths species in tapia (Uapaca bojeri Baill.) forests located in the central highlands of Madagascar. Inventories have been conducted during one year from August 2009 to July 2010 by sampling transects in Imamo forests. Three species of Lasiocampidae belonging to two genera were found: Borocera cajani Vinson, Borocera marginepunctata Guérin-Méneville and Europtera punctillata Guenée. These three silk moth species are endemic to Madagascar but only one (B. cajani) is commercially exploited in the silk industry. The habitat, host plants, abundance, life cycle and feeding behaviour of these species in their natural habitat are described.
Disciplines :
Environmental sciences & ecology
Entomology & pest control
Author, co-author :
Razafimanantsoa, Tsiresy
Raminosoa, Noromalala
Rakotondrasoa, Olivia
Rajoelison, Gabrielle
Bogaert, Jan  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Forêts, Nature et Paysage > Biodiversité et Paysage
Rabearisoa, Misha
Ramamonjisoa, Bruno
Poncelet, Marc ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Institut des sciences humaines et sociales > Sociologie du développement
Haubruge, Eric  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Services administratifs généraux > Vice-Recteur de Gembloux Agro Bio Tech
Verheggen, François  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Sciences agronomiques > Entomologie fonctionnelle et évolutive
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Silkworm moths inventory in their natural tapia forest habitat (Madagascar): diversity, population dynamics and host plants
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African Entomology
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Entomological Society of Southern Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
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