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TARASCO, Eustachio  and  TRIGGIANI, Oreste. Biological and Morphological Aspects of Anoxia (Mesanoxia) matutinalis ssp. matutinalis Castelnau, 1832 (Coleoptera, Melolonthidae), a Pest of Apulian Pinewoods in Southern Italy. Silva Lus. [online]. 2011, vol.19, n.Especial, pp.75-78. ISSN 0870-6352.

Huge defoliations by Anoxia (Mesanoxia) matutinalis spp. matutinalis Castelnau, 1832 (Coleoptera, Scarabeidae) have been observed in recent years in the coastal pinewoods (Pinus halepensis, P. pinea) of the southern Apulia Region of Italy. Starting from adults collected in the field, insect breeding was conducted in the laboratory, following the life-cycle from ovideposition to larval development and emergence. Observations were performed in the laboratory and the field to study the different morphological, biological and ethological aspects of A. matutinalis.

Keywords : Pinus; pest; ethology; scarab beetle.

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