A Lepidopteran defoliator attack on Brazil nut trees (Bertholletia excelsa) in Central Amazonia, Brazil


  • Torbjørn Haugaasen

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    1. Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK
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This paper describes a severe outbreak of a Lepidopteran defoliator, Lusura altrix (Stoll 1782), on Brazil nut trees in Central Amazonia. The pest outbreak appeared to succeed abnormal weather conditions, and defoliation was sufficient to disrupt normal phenological patterns.