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Tri-Trophic Thematic Collection Network
Collaborative Research: Plants, Herbivores, and Parasitoids:
A Model System for the study of Tri-Trophic Associations

Hemiptera, the largest clade of non-holometabolous insects, is represented in North America north of Mexico
by >11,000 species. Many are agricultural pests, including such economically devastating examples as armored scales, mealy bugs, black bean and peach aphids, potato leafhoppers, and Lygus bugs; some are beneficial as predators of other insect pests. Their specialized sap-sucking habits make many aphids, psyllids, and plant hoppers effective vectors of plant diseases, and therefore of extreme economic importance. The Tri-Trophic Thematic Collection Network project (
http://tcn.amnh.org) is capturing data about these hemipterian-plant-parasitoid relationships from over 30 natural history collections in the United States. The outcome of the effort to digitize these data is represented here through Discover Life. This project is made possible by funding from the National Science Foundation Grant ADBC#1115144.

Map taxon and its interactions

taxon +hosts +associates
Search the Discover Life database for an insect or plant
and view a map of the taxon with its hosts or associates.
Example maps of species interactions:

Updated: 26 October, 2012
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