Abstract Detail



Ecology

Koptur, Suzanne [1], Gonsiska, Philip A. [2].

What’s eating Catopsis berteroniana on Andros, Bahamas?

While conducting field work on populations of a distinctive epiphytic bromeliad, we witnessed a substantial amount of herbivore damage on plants in some populations on Andros, Bahamas. We eventually discovered two caterpillars on damaged plants, and reared a moth previously known only from Cuba. Caterpillars of the moth Dahana cubana (Arctiidae: Ctenuchinae) caused the damage to Catopsis berteroniana plants. Our data showed that both location (site) and plant size, but not degree of sun exposure, influence the amount of herbivore damage that plants sustained.


1 - Florida International University, Department Of Biological Sciences, 11200 SW 8th St., Miami, FL, 33199, United States
2 - Bok Tower Gardens, Conservation, 1151 Tower Boulevard , Lake Wales, FL, 33853, USA

Keywords:
Bahamas
bromeliad
caterpillar
Catopsis
Dahana
herbivory
folivory.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Number: 0004
Abstract ID:1070
Candidate for Awards:None


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