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 (ŏl′ĭ-gŏf′ə-gəs, ō′lĭ-)
Feeding on a limited number of foods, usually within one taxonomic family: an oligophagous pest of leguminous plants.

ol′i·goph′a·gy (-jē) n.


(Zoology) zoology (of an insect) feeding on a limited range of food stuffs, esp plants
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In comparison, some oligophagous insects seem more susceptible to dietary ecdysteroids, such as Pectinophora gossypiella (Saunders) (Gelechiidae) (Kubo et al.
If this significant oligophagous feeding behaviour is alternative for S.
Lepidosaphes tokionis (Diaspididae) is an oligophagous species that has become relatively tropicopolitan; it was recorded from Java by Ali (1969).
With only a few exceptions, the host plants of the oligophagous beetles are taxonomically related.
Rearing the oligophagous Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) on meridic diets containing different nonhost proteins.
Perhaps as a result of degradation of the forest fragments we found a similar proportion of monophagous and oligophagous fly species versus polyphagous species (50 versus 50%) in guava orchards and forests fragments.
Sequestration of allomones from plants by insects is not unusual, but normally associated with monophagous or oligophagous species.
2011) indicated that most of the florivorous Eumaeini of the Brazilian Cerrado are polyphagous or oligophagous.
It is a multivoltine species with high reproductive potential and a short life cycle; and it is considered to be oligophagous because it prefers mainly solanaceous species as host plants (Desneux et al.
The South American cactus moth, Cactoblastis cactorum (Berg) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), is an oligophagous herbivore whose endophagous larvae feed gregariously on numerous Opuntia species (CaryophyHales: Cactaceae) (Mann 1969; Zimmermann et al.