oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Impoverished insect herbivore faunas on the exotic bugweed Solanum mauritianum Scop. relative to indigenous Solanum species in Natal/KwaZulu and the Transkei

Volume 54, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The exotic invader Solanum mauritianum Scop. (bugweed) is attacked by mainly polyphagous insects in Natal/KwaZulu and the Transkei. There were more herbivores and higher levels of damage on indigenous Solanum species than on S. mauritianum. The herbivore community of Solanum panduriforme E.Mey., the most abundant of these, comprised mainly oligophagous species, many of which occurred on the other solanums examined.

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