Trophic ecology of larval and adult Paropsis charybdis Stål, (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) — gravimetric, energy and nitrogen budgets
- Botany and Zoology Dept, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
- Present address: CSIRO Dung Beetle Research Unit, Private Bag, X5, East Lynn, Pretoria, 0039, South Africa
- Entomology Division, DSIR, Private Bag, Christchurch, New Zealand
[This is a resume of a paper read at the Ecological Society Conference, 1982.]
Paropsis charybdis, the eucalyptus tortoise beetle, is a serious defoliator of many Eucalyptus spp. grown in New Zealand as wind-breaks, ornamentals and commercial stands. This study (to be published in full in Oecologia) was carried out to provide basic information about its ecology and trophic status that will complement and extend population studies.