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Sierra Science Series – Behavioral ecology of Tamalia gall aphids: induction, cohabitation, freeloading
February 9, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree
Learn how social parasites exploit primitive social behavior in aphids with Dr. Don Miller, professor in the Center for Water and the Environment at California State University, Chico. These insects create galls (abnormal growth bubbles) in manzanita leaves, but some individuals invade these retreats rather than build their own. Is conflict reduced because invaders are clonally related to the hosts? When does an aphid make the shift between starting its own gall and invading another’s? Learn about how Dr. Miller and his students are quantifying the relationship between host and invader density to better understand this obligate social parasitism.
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