n African Entomology - A stem borer of egg-plant, Breuning, 1950 (Cerambycidae: Lamiinae): biological notes and host plant records : short communication

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



The long-horn beetle, Breuning, 1950, is one of more than 240 known species of the cosmopolitan genus Mulsant, 1939. About 50 species have been described from the Afrotropical Region (Breuning 1960, 1961, 1962; Adlbauer 2001). is a southern African species, known to occur in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe (Veiga Ferreira 1966; Adlbauer 2001), and collected in Zambia (J. Sudre, pers. comm.). Until recently, nothing was known about its biology (Duffy 1957, 1980; Visser 2009). This species was observed damaging eggplant (aubergine or brinjal), L. of the family Solanaceae, at Agricultural Research Council - Vegetable and Ornamental Plant Institute (ARC-VOPI) (25°35'S 28°22'E), Gauteng Province, South Africa, for the first time in 2007 (Visser 2009).

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