Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

First record of Membracis juncta (Walker) (Hemiptera: Membracidae) in Tibouchina candolleana (Mart. ex DC.) (Melastomataceae).

Abstract

Tibouchina candolleana (Mart. ex DC.) plants are used in urban reforestation in several cities because its height is compatible with power lines, as well as for its profuse flowering. However, it is susceptible to damage by several insects. Here we provide the first report of Membracis juncta (Walker) (Hemiptera: Membracidae) attacking T. candolleana plants in Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Eggs, nymphs, and adult insects of M. juncta were found apically, feeding on young, tender tissues. Their feeding resulted in necrosis on leaves.