Ant-mediated anholocyclic overwintering of Prociphilus fraxini (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in Central Europe

  • Adrián Purkart Department of Zoology, Comenius University in Bratislava, Ilkovičova 6, Mlynská dolina, 842 15 Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Miłosz Morawski Department of Zoology, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Silesia in Katowice, Bankowa 9, 40-007 Katowice, Poland
  • Adrian Masłowski Department of Zoology, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Silesia in Katowice, Bankowa 9, 40-007 Katowice, Poland
  • Łukasz Depa Department of Zoology, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Silesia in Katowice, Bankowa 9, 40-007 Katowice, Poland

Abstract

The first observations of the aphid Prociphilus fraxini (Fabricius, 1777) being involved in a mutualistic relationship with the ant Prenolepis nitens (Mayr, 1853) in Europe is documented. Mutualism of an aphid generation living with the ants Prenolepis nitens and Lasius brunneus (Latreille, 1798) is discussed in reference to the possible development of an overwintering parthenogenetic population of the aphid, persisting on the roots of its secondary host, Picea abies, due to coevolution of the aphid with ants.

Published
2019-12-02
How to Cite
Purkart, A., Morawski, M., Masłowski , A., & Depa, Łukasz. (2019). Ant-mediated anholocyclic overwintering of Prociphilus fraxini (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in Central Europe. Entomologica Fennica, 30(4), 179-185. https://doi.org/10.33338/ef.87175
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