|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||1976|
|Authors:||R. P. Seifert, Seifer F. Hammett|
|Journal:||Journal of the New York Entomological Society|
The life histories of eight species of insects which live in the water-filled bracts of Heliconia wagneriana and H. imbricata are studied. Development times of larval forms are directly correlated with the length of time an inflorescence survives on a plant. Few predators were collected from these inflorescences. It is hypothesized that low predation rates may be important in the evolution of insects living in Heliconia inflorescences.