Spatial variability in oviposition damage by periodical cicadas in a fragmented landscape

  title={Spatial variability in oviposition damage by periodical cicadas in a fragmented landscape},
  author={William M. Cook and Robert D. Holt and Jin Yao},
Effects of the periodical cicada (Magicicada spp.) on forest dynamics are poorly documented. A 1998 emergence of M. cassini in eastern Kansas led to colonization of a fragmented experimental landscape undergoing secondary succession. We hypothesized that per-tree rates of oviposition damage by cicadas would reflect: (1) distance from the source of the emergence, (2) patch size, and (3) local tree density. Ovipositing females displayed clear preferences for host species and damage incidence… CONTINUE READING


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