Plant Host Records:
Plant host records have been separated into four categories (Ferns, Gymnosperms, Monocots, and Dicots). Plant families, genera, and species are then listed alphabetically under each of these broad categories. Under each plant species entry is then listed the pentatomoid species that have been recorded on that plant; this is then followed by the citations for that record. This is not an exhaustive list, and to date, only the following groups have been placed on this site: Acanthosomatidae (part), Dinidoridae, Pentatomidae (Aphylinae, Discocephalinae, Edessinae, Phyllocephalinae, Pentatominae [Aeliini, Aeptini, Aeschrocorini, Agaeini, Agonoscelidini, Antestiini, Aulacetrini, Axiagastini, Bathycoeliini, Cappaeini, Carpocorini, Catacanthini, Caystrini, Chlorocorini, Degonetini, Diemeniini, Diploxyini, Eurysaspidini, Eysarcorini]), Plataspididae (through Coptosoma sandahli sandahli), Tessaratomidae. Also, general records from many other papers have been added.
It should also be noted that many of these records are most likely collection or "sitting" records; that is, the pentatomid species may not use the plant for food or reproduction, but was simply resting on it when collected. Many papers do not distinguish between the two.
Also, there is some discrepancies from various sources as to the correct plant names or family associations. I have used the USDA, Plants Database (http://www.plants.usda.gov/index.html) as my primary source for information. When information is lacking on this site, then I have referred to the Compleat Botanica (http://www.crescentbloom.com/X/C/313.htm), the Missouri Botanical Garden (http://mobot.mobot.org/W3T/Search/vast.html), the International Plant Names Index (http://www.ipni.org/ipni/plantnamesearchpage.do), or the Northern Ontario Plant Names Database (http://www.northernontarioflora.ca/index.cfm) for clarification. Some names are still in question - Please help me correct these if problems are noticed.
David A. Rider
updated: 24 September 2009
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