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Phorodon cannabis Passerini (Hemiptera: Aphididae), a newly recognized pest in North America found on industrial hemp
By Cranshaw W.S., Halbert S.E., Favret C., Britt K.E., Miller G.L.
Insecta Mundi 0662: 1–12, 2018

Light- induced electron transfer and ATP synthesis in a carotene synthesizing insect
By Jean Christophe Valmalette, Aviv Dombrovsky, Pierre Brat, Christian Mertz, Maria Capovilla, Alain Robichon
Scientific Reports, 2012
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Abstract:
"A singular adaptive phenotype of a parthenogenetic insect species (Acyrthosiphon pisum) was selected in cold conditions and is characterized by a remarkable apparition of a greenish colour. The aphid pigments involve carotenoid genes well defined in chloroplasts and cyanobacteria and amazingly present in the aphid genome, likely by lateral transfer during evolution. The abundant carotenoid synthesis in aphids suggests strongly that a major and unknown physiological role is related to these compounds beyond their canonical anti-oxidant properties.

Ericaphis voegtlini, a new, unusual aphid species from the USA (Hemiptera, Aphididae)
By Shalva Barjadze, Andrew S. Jensen, Mariusz Kanturski
ZooKeys 785:133-143, 2018
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Insect-Plant Biology
By L.M. Schoonhoven, T. Jermy, and J.J.A. Van Loon
Chapman and Hall, 1998
An excellent book for understanding plant and insect interactions.

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.

Abstract

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.

Population growth and sequestration of plant toxins along a gradient of specialization in four aphid spp. on common milkweed.
By Züst, T. & A.A. Agrawal.
Functional Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12523 pp. 1-10., 2015
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Züst, T. & A.A. Agrawal. 2015. Population growth and sequestration of plant toxins along a gradient of specialization in four aphid species on the common milkweed Asclepias syriaca. Functional Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12523 pp. 1-10.

Summary

1. Dietary specialization in insect herbivores has long been hypothesized to predict tolerance of plant defenses, with more specialized herbivores being highly tolerant of and sometimes sequestering plant secondary compounds. Plant variation in secondary compounds should thus play an important and predictable role in shaping the performance and distribution of insect communities.

Adventive aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae) of America north of Mexico
By Foottit R.G., Halbert S.E., Miller G.L., Maw E., Russell L.M.
Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 108: 583-610, 2006
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Data on 262 aphid spp. considered adventive in our area.

An update to the adventive aphids (Hemiptera: Aphidoidea) of America North of Mexico, with notes on intercepted species
By Skvarla M.J., Halbert S.E., Foottit R.G., Jensen A.S., Maw E., Miller G.L.
Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 119: 90‒111 , 2017

 
 
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