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Old 04-05-2011, 09:21 PM   #1
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Native Insects of Switchgrass


Insects of Native Bioenergy Crops in the Northern Great Plains


http://www.sdstate.edu/ps/Severin-Mc...&PageID=709461 pdf file


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The commodification of cup plant thus converts the
giant eucosma into a pest of significant concern;
another case (see switchgrass) of a native prairie plant becoming a crop
and the conversion of a previously neglected native plant predator to a pest.
The giant eucosma is undergoing investigation of its life history, which is closely tied to the phenology of cup plant. The moth seems to be rare in native habitats of cup plant in the region, but can be abundant in farm site monocultural situations
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