Biomorphological Alterations Induced by an Anti-juvenile Hormonal Compound, 2-(2-EthoxyEthoxy)Ethyl Furfuryl Ether, on Three Species of Triatominae Larvae (Hemiptera, Reduviidae)

José Jurberg, Cleber Galvão, William S Bowers, Eloi S Garcia, Patricia Azambuja

    Applied topically to larvae of Rhodnius prolixus Stal, Triatoma infestans (Klug) and Panstrongylus herreri Wygodzinsky, vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas'disease, a synthetic, furan-containing anti-juvenile hormonal compound, 2-(2-ethoxyethoxy)ethyl furfuryl ether induced a variety of biomorphological alterations, including precocious metamorphosis into small adultoids with adult abdominal cuticle, ocelli, as well as rudimentary adultoid wings. Some adultoids died during ecdysis and were confined within the old cuticle. The extension of these biomorphological responses is discussed in terms of the complexity of the action of anti-juvenile hormonal compounds during the development of triatomines.

Keywords: Rhodnius prolixus - Triatoma infestans - Panstrongylus herreri - adultoid - anti-juveline hormone