Spanish Moss, the Unfinished Chigger Story

@inproceedings{Whitaker2010SpanishMT,
  title={Spanish Moss, the Unfinished Chigger Story},
  author={John O. Whitaker and Carol Ruckdeschel},
  year={2010}
}
Abstract There is a widespread belief in the southern parts of the United States that Trombiculidae (Chiggers) are common in Tillandsia usneoides (Spanish Moss) (Bromeliaceae). However, no chiggers were found among the 3297 organisms collected from T. usneoides and T. recurvata (Ball Moss) in trees and from the ground on Cumberland Island, GA. The organisms included 1721 Acari (mites), and in order of decreasing abundance were Psocoptera (barklice), Collembola (springtails), Araneae (spiders… 
Seasonal Abundance of Thysanoptera Species in Tillandsia usneoides (Poales: Bromeliaceae)
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Although a diverse group of phytophagous thrips species inhabited Spanish moss, there was little evidence that it was a host and it may simply have been a temporary shelter with no other biological significance.
Tenthecoris tillandsiae Henry (Hemiptera: Miridae) in the Southeastern United States: Distribution, Seasonality, and Potential Pathways of Entry by a Neotropical Specialist on Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides; Bromeliaceae)
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Crapemyrtle is a bridge to enhance populations of O. insidiosus during summer months when there are few other hosts in the southern USA, and it was the only clone where there was no buildup in thrips populations.
A New Tillandsia-Feeding Species of the Eccritotarsine Plant Bug Genus Tenthecoris (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Miridae: Bryocorinae) from the Southeastern United States
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  • Biology
    Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
  • 2016
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This species represents the first record of the genus Tenthecoris Scott from the United States and the first host record from a bromeliad.

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