Phylogenetic dispersion of host use in a tropical insect herbivore community.

@article{Weiblen2006PhylogeneticDO,
  title={Phylogenetic dispersion of host use in a tropical insect herbivore community.},
  author={George D Weiblen and Campbell O. Webb and Vojtech Novotny and Yves Basset and Scott E. Miller},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2006},
  volume={87 7 Suppl},
  pages={S62-75}
}
Theory has long predicted that insect community structure should be related to host plant phylogeny. We examined the distribution of insect herbivore associations with respect to host plant phylogeny for caterpillars (Lepidoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), and grasshoppers and relatives (orthopteroids) in a New Guinea rain forest. We collected herbivores from three lineages of closely related woody plants and from more distantly related plant lineages in the same locality to examine the… CONTINUE READING