Ecological Entomology

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Edited By: Jane K. Hill, Francis Gilbert and Rebeca B. Rosengaus

Impact Factor: 1.699

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 19/92 (Entomology)

Online ISSN: 1365-2311

Associated Title(s): Agricultural and Forest Entomology, Insect Conservation and Diversity, Insect Conservation and Diversity, Medical and Veterinary Entomology, Physiological Entomology, Systematic Entomology

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Echinacea angustifoliaand its specialist ant-tended aphid: a multi-year study of manipulated and naturally-occurring aphid infestation
Muller and Wagenius

Aphid abundance was manipulated on the perennial coneflower Echinacea angustifolia, which hosts a specialist aphid (Aphis echinaceae) tended by ants. Both have undergone extensive habitat loss and fragmentation. Aphids did not harm host performance after two years, though they did accelerate seasonal senescence. This experiment found a negative association between aphids and other herbivore damage, suggesting ant protection. However, observations showed the opposite trend, with larger plants more likely to have aphid infestation and leaf damage. The results suggest plant size drives foliar herbivory more than aphid infestation.

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Image: Katherine Muller: Ants tending Aphis echinaceae

Photo by Katherine Muller: Ants tending Aphis echinaceae

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