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For the United States & Canada

Superfamily Aphidoidea


Aphids (Homoptera: Aphidoidea) of the Yukon
By R. Foottit & E. Maw
H.V. Danks & J.A. Downes (Eds.), Insects of the Yukon. Biological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods), Ottawa: 387 – 404, 1997
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Detailed accounts of >100 spp. recorded or expected to occur in the Yukon Territory (distribution, habitats, host plants) with insight into the composition and origins of the fauna.

Aphids on the World's Trees : an Identification and Information Guide.
By Blackman and Eastop
CAB International in association with The Natural History Museum, 1994

Aphids on the World's Crops: An Identification and Information Guide.
By Blackman and Eastop
Wiley, 2000

Aphids on the World's Herbaceous Plants and Shrubs
By Blackman and Eastop
Wiley, 2007

Defense expression in the aphid Myzocallis asclepiadis.
By McMartin, K.A. & S.B. Malcolm.
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, MI. 15 pp., 2008
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McMartin, K.A. & S.B. Malcolm. 2008. Defense expression in the aphid Myzocallis asclepiadis. Final Report. Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, MI. 15 pp.

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The aphid Myzocallis asclepiadisis a relatively unknown species that feeds on the common milkweed Asclepias syriaca. This aphid is very mobile and mobility appears to be the primary defense against predators. However, over the course of the summer, the aphid changes color, from a pale yellow-green to having orange spots. This aphid could be a model to answer the question of how aposematism evolves. In this study, a natural, unmanipulated population of My. asclepiadisis was monitored, and experiments manipulating development and density to determine the nature of the color change were conducted. However, it does not appear that development and density are cues for color change. Photographic analysis of color and HPLC analysis are underway to determine the extent of color change and whether that change corresponds to an increase in cardenolide sequestration.

Ants defend aphids against lethal disease.
By Nielsen, C., A.A. Agrawal, and A.E. Hajek.
Biology Letters DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2009.0743, 2009
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Nielsen, C., A.A. Agrawal, and A.E. Hajek. 2009. Ants defend aphids against lethal disease. Biology Letters DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2009.0743

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Social insects defend their own colonies and some species also protect their mutualist partners. In mutualisms with aphids, ants typically feed on honeydew produced by aphids and, in turn guard and shelter aphid colonies from insect natural enemies. Here we report that Formica podzolica ants tending milkweed aphids, Aphis asclepiadis, protect aphid colonies from lethal fungal infections caused by an obligate aphid pathogen, Pandora neoaphidis.

A New Species of Neophyllaphis (Hemiptera: Aphididae: Neophyllaphidinae) with Keys to Species on Podocarpus (Pinales: Podocarpac
By Miller, G.L., and Halbert, S.E.
Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 2014
Miller, G. L., and S. E. Halbert. 2014. A new species of Neophyllaphis (Hemiptera: Aphididae: Neophyllaphidinae) with keys to species on Podocarpus (Pinales: Podocarpaceae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 116(1): 69–79.

http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.4289/0013-8797.116.1.69

Coexistence of three specialist aphids on common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca.
By Smith, R.A., K.A. Mooney, A.A. Agrawal.
Ecology. 89(8): 2187-2196., 2008
Smith, R.A., K.A. Mooney, A.A. Agrawal. 2008. Coexistence of three specialist aphids on common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca. Ecology. 89(8): 2187-2196.

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Coexistence of host-specific herbivores on plants is believed to be governed by interspecific interactions, but few empirical studies have systematically unraveled these dynamics. We investigated the role of several factors in promoting coexistence among the aphids Aphis nerii, Aphis asclepiadis, and Myzocallis asclepiadis that all specialize on common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). Competitive exclusion is thought to occur when interspecific competition is stronger than intraspecific competition.