Annals of the Entomological Society of America (2013) 106, 47-52

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Holly M. Martinson, Michael J. Raupp and Paula M. Shrewsbury (2013)
Invasive stink bug wounds trees, liberates sugars, and facilitates native hymenoptera
Annals of the Entomological Society of America 106 (1), 47-52
Abstract: Biological invasions often have devastating impacts on ecosystems and economies, while facilitative interactions between invasive and native species are often overlooked. Here, we demonstrate how the invasive brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), facilitates native Hymenoptera by opening a novel feeding niche. In the invaded mid-Atlantic region of the United States, several species of native ants and wasps feed on wound exudates from stink bug feeding sites; these exudates have high sugar concentrations and are rapidly used by indigenous Hymenoptera. Positive facilitative interactions between invasive and keystone native species such as ants may have far reaching impacts on invaded ecosystems.
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Database assignments for author(s): Holly M. Martinson, Paula M. Shrewsbury

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environment - cropping system/rotation

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Halyomorpha halys