Macroevolution of insect-plant associations: the relevance of host biogeography to host affiliation.

@article{Becerra1999MacroevolutionOI,
  title={Macroevolution of insect-plant associations: the relevance of host biogeography to host affiliation.},
  author={Judith X. I. Becerra and D. Lawrence Venable},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1999},
  volume={96 22},
  pages={12626-31}
}
Identifying the factors that have promoted host shifts by phytophagous insects at a macroevolutionary scale is critical to understanding the associations between plants and insects. We used molecular phylogenies of the beetle genus Blepharida and its host genus Bursera to test whether these insects have been using hosts with widely overlapping ranges over… CONTINUE READING