Natural history of insects living in inflorescences of two species of Heliconia

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1976
Authors:Seifert, RP, Seifer, FHammett
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.

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