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Invertebrate banquet

Observed: 4th August 2013 By: DavidHowdon
Amateur Entomologists' SocietyLondon Natural History SocietySelborne Society
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A wide variety of inverts using this plant, those I managed to photograph will be added as associations.

Species interactions

Species with which Common Fleabane (Pulicaria dysenterica) interacts


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Cicadellidae plant interactions

For the benefit of all,
Cicadellidae in general do not interact with Pulicaria dysenterica. The BRC have 2 listed as utilising this plant as a host, namely Eupteryx melissae and Eupteryx aurata The source for E. aurata is Stilling, P.D.(1980) Ecol. Entomol. 5 79-85:81, and for E. melissae. However the latter uses Nettles as its host plant but can often be found on any flora in the immediate and nearby vicinity. In this instance let Bramble be one it was recorded on, is this an interaction? Maybe, but only as a transitional stopover, such as gaining some respite from predation, or anything that might of disturbed it, even the wind could be responsible?

As for E, melissae its most common host is Sage. Other labiates such as mallow, lemon balm and catmint are also known host plants. As for it. interacting with any member of the Compositae family in relationship to dining is misleading, please refer to reasons given for Eupteryx aurata above. The BRC source for its interaction with Pulicaria dysenterica is Le Quesne, W.J. & Payne, K.(1981) Handbk Ident. Br. Insects 2:2(C) 9-36:24.

So with respect to the BRC, iSpot, Stilling P.D. Le Quesne W.J. and Payne, K, The information they give/support alluding to Pulicaria dysenterica is somewhat misleading, in as much as should the plant be surveyed it would be highly unlikely that ether of the 2 species mention would be found on it, or any other Cicadellidae with respect to feeding.