Aphid Mimicry

  • Simcha Lev-Yadun
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Abstract

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.

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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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