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tree host and insect pest chart

A flow chart illustrating the connections betwee tree species and insect families. Green bars on left are labeled Quercus texana, Quercus virginiana, Quercus rubra, Carya illinoinensis, Pinus elliottii, Pinus taeda, and Liquidambar styraciflua. Blue bars on right are labeled Cerambycidae, Coccinellidae, Elateridae, Lucanidae, Buprestidae, Curculionidae. Teal bars on right are labeled Hepialidae, Limacodidae, Metarbelidae, Cossidae, Sesiidae, Pyralidae, Tortricidae, Crambidae. Yellow bars on right are labeled Tenthredinidae, Formicidae. Orange bar on right is labeled Termitidae. Color key on right shows orange is Blattodea, yellow is Hymenoptera, teal is Lepidoptera, and blue is Coleoptera.

A meta-analysis by researchers at the University of Florida and the Chinese Academy of Sciences combed both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed literature published in China that reported on how insect species considered invasive in the U.S. interact with seven important North American commercial tree species planted in China. Illustrated here are the host tree species and the reports of their insect pests at the family level. Left bars represent host plant species, and right color bars represent families and orders of wood-boring insects. The width of each grey link reflects the number of times the insect species was reported on the corresponding host plant in the dataset from the study. (Image originally published in Dong et al 2023, Environmental Entomology)

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