One of the world's most insightful writers on the subject brings together an array of important and readable information on the ways in which insects and plants coexist in nature. Interrelationship Between Insects and Plants is a rare and expansive look at the intertwining of these two vastly different species. Its aim is to summarize in a simple and understandable way the basis of food selection among insects, and to review the various sides of their relationships with plants.
Table of Contents
A Brief and Simple Review of Plant and Arthropod Relationships Sap Suckers Fruit Eaters Nectar Eaters Pollen and Spore Eaters Floral Feeding Chewers Carnivory in Phytophagous Insects Plant-Feeding Insects and Arthropods of the Geological Past The Fossil Record The Plant Kingdom Plant-Feeding Insects and Arthropods in the Past The Insects and the Plants in the Past Life in Amber Fossil Evidence of Herbivory Gut Pollination Galls and Domatia Paleomimetism, Homochromy, and Aposematism An Early 20th Century Classification of Food Plant Selection Among Phytophagous Insects. The Botanical Sense Botanical Selection and Bridge Species Monophagy Oligophagy Polyphagy Pantophagy Xenogaphy The Old Cliches Learning Plant Resistance to Insects Relationships Between Insects and Fungi Parasitic and Saprophytic Fungi Ectoparasitic Fungi: Laboulbeniales, Endoparasitic Fungi: Trichomycetes or Eccrinids Special Insect and Fungi Relationships: Cecidomyiids, Ants, Coleoptera, Termites Physiology of Food Selection How it Works Mechanical or Physical Selection Selection of Feeding Sites Visual Selection. Chemical Selection (Odor and Taste) Talking Trees Carnivorous and Protocarnivorous Plants Carnivorous Plants Protocarnivorous Plants Plants on the Way to Carnivory Phytotelmata Conclusions on Carnivorous Plants Myrmecophilous Plants or Ant-Plants American, Asian, and African Plants Theories of Myrmecophily Acarophytes or Mite Plants Seed Eating and Seed Dispersal by Ants Ant Gardens Seed Dispersal by Insects Other than Ants A Rare Plant-Insect Relationship: The Epizoic Symbiosis The Galls and Mines Insect Mimicry and Homochromy in Relation to Plants Natural Weed Control in the Holartic and Tropics, Using Phytophagous Insects. Pollination Coevolution or Not Between Insects and Plants, the Paradigm of Coevolution A General Review of Insect-Plant Relationships Some Thoughts About Learning The Canopy Epilogue Glossary References