Positive interactions between leafrollers and other arthropods enhance biodiversity on hybrid cottonwoods

@article{Martinsen2000PositiveIB,
  title={Positive interactions between leafrollers and other arthropods enhance biodiversity on hybrid cottonwoods},
  author={Gregory D. Martinsen and Kevin D. Floate and Anita Waltz and Gina M. Wimp and Thomas G. Whitham},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2000},
  volume={123},
  pages={82-89}
}
We examined the potential of a common herbivore to indirectly influence other diverse community members by providing habitat. Larvae of the leafroller Anacampsis niveopulvella commonly construct shelters by rolling leaves of cottonwood trees. These leaf rolls are later colonized by other arthropods. We first documented 4 times greater species richness and 7 times greater abundance on cottonwood shoots that contained a rolled leaf compared to adjacent shoots without leaf rolls. Second, with both… CONTINUE READING
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