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Abstract

Occurrence of Faustinus apicalis (Faust) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) and Nealcidion bicristatum (Bates) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in solanaceous in northern of Brazil.

Abstract

The beetles Faustinus apicalis (Faust) (Curculionidae) and Nealcidion bicristatum (Bates) (Cerambycidae) were observed attacking solanaceous in the state of Tocantins, in Northern of Brazil, from July to September 2015. Adults and larvae of F. apicalis and N. bicristatum were recorded simultaneously attacking commercial crops of bitter tomato (Solanum aethiopicum L.) and eggplant (Solanum melongena L.). According to the intensity of the attack, the beetles caused injuries or the death of plants. Larvae of N. bicristatum were also observed attacking jurubeba (Solanum paniculatum L.) located near the studied crops. This is the first record of F. apicalis attacking eggplant crops in Brazil, in addition to the first record of F. apicalis and N. bicristatum in northern Brazil.