Aphid Mimicry

  • Simcha Lev-Yadun


My understanding that plants may mimic aphid infestation arrived in a flash when Moshik Inbar and I were teaching field ecology. The class was large, so each of us had about 25 students and we sat about 20 meters apart along a stream that emerged and flowed slowly from a spring in cave. At the same moment, we spotted the same plant species (Paspalum paspaloides = P. distichum; Poaceae), a wind-pollinated plant, with numerous dark anthers that look like aphids (Fig. 57.1). We each picked a flowering branch, and without saying a word lifted it up to show the other. We immediately understood each other and discussed it at the end of the field day.


Plant Species Host Plant Insect Herbivore Dark Spot Scale Insect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simcha Lev-Yadun
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  1. 1.Department of Biology & Environment, Faculty of Natural SciencesUniversity of Haifa – OranimTivonIsrael

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