Description of a new species of Myelobia Herrich-Schäffer (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae s.l., Crambinae) from Nicaragua feeding on cultivated bamboo, Guadua aculeata Rupr. ex E. Fourn. (Poaceae)

Bernard Landry(1), Jean-Michel Maes(2), Steven C. Passoa(3) & Théo Léger(1)
(1) Muséum d’histoire naturelle, C. P. 6434, CH-1211 Geneva 6, Switzerland
(2) Museo Entomológico de León, A.P. 527, León, Nicaragua
(3) USDA/APHIS/PPQ, U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station and The Ohio State University, 1315 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212, U.S.A.
bernard.landry@ville-ge.ch, theo.leger@outlook.com, jmmaes@ibw.com.ni, steven.c.passoa@usda.gov

The Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera

Volume 48: 65-81

ISSN 0022-4324 (print)
ISSN 2156-5457 (online)

Abstract. Myelobia nicaraguensis Landry & Maes, sp. n. was discovered in eastern Nicaragua. The caterpillar feeds on Guadua aculeata Rupr. ex E. Fourn. (Poaceae). Brief biological notes and detailed descriptions of the adult, larva, and pupa are provided as well as part of the CO1 mtDNA barcode. This represents the first pupal description and the first detailed and illustrated description of the larva for the genus Myelobia. The immatures of M. nicaraguensis and M. smerintha are briefly compared and the systematic position of Myelobia within the Crambinae is also discussed.

Resumen. Myelobia nicaraguensis Landry & Maes, especie nueva, fue descubierta en el este de Nicaragua, en la región de El Rama. La larva se alimenta de Guadua aculeata Rupr. ex E. Fourn. (Poaceae). Se incluyen algunas notas sobre la biología de la especie, además de la descripción de larva, pupa, adulto y el código de barras de ADN CO1. La descripción de la pupa y la descripción detallada e ilustrada de la larva son las primeras del género Myelobia. También se comparan los estadios inmaduros de M. nicaraguensis y M. smerintha y se discute la posición sistemática de Myelobia adentro de la subfamilia Crambinae.

Key words: Lepidoptera, Pyraloidea, Pyralidae, Crambinae, Myelobia, new species, Myelobia smerintha (Hübner), Nicaragua, bamboo, egg, larva, pupa

Received: 11 June 2015
Accepted: 4 August 2015

Published online at www.lepidopteraresearchfoundation.org on 24 October 2015

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