A New Species of Mindarus (Hemiptera: Aphididae) on the Endangered Guatemalan Fir

  title={A New Species of Mindarus (Hemiptera: Aphididae) on the Endangered Guatemalan Fir},
  author={Colin Favret and Charlotte Marie Bisgaard Nielsen},
Abstract A pestiferous species of Mindarus (Hemiptera: Aphididae: Mindarinae) presents challenges for the cultivation and conservation of the endangered Guatemalan fir, Abies guatemalensis Rehder. The aphid, Mindarus guatemalensis n. sp., is described. 
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Ecology and management of Mindarus kinseyi Voegtlin (Aphidoidea: Mindaridae) on white-fir seedlings at a California forest nursery
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The life history, foliage damage, and control of the balsam twig aphid, Mindarus abietinus (Homoptera: Aphididae), in Fraser fir Christmas tree plantations of western North Carolina.
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