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Trophobiotic relationships between ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and Tettigometridae (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha) in the grey dunes of Belgium

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Auteurs

  • V. S Lehouck
  • D. B Bonte
  • W Dekoninck
  • Jean-Pierre Maelfait

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Originele taal-2Engels
TijdschriftEuropean Journal of Entomology
Volume101
Tijschrift nummer4
Pagina's (van-tot)547-553
Aantal pagina's7
StatusGepubliceerd - 2004

Bibliografische nota

Publication Authorstring : Lehouck, V.S.; Bonte, D.B.; Dekoninck, W.; Maelfait, J.-P.
Publication RefStringPartII : <i>European Journal of Entomology 101(4)</i>: 547-553

Abstract

We recorded the association between the planthopper Tettigometra laetus Herrich-Schäffer, 1835 (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha Tettigometridae) and three ant species belonging to the subfamilies Myrmicinae and Formicinae in a coastal dune area of Flanders (Belgium). Lasius psammophilus Seifert, Tetramorium caespitum L. and Formica cunicularia Latreille were observed attending and palpating the dorsal glandular area of this planthopper, taking honeydew directly from its anus, herding them and carrying them into their nests when disturbed. The planthopper was rarely found in the absence of ants and probably develops within ant nests, which may provide protection against predation and adverse weather conditions. The natural history of temperate ant-hemipteran relationships is discussed.

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