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Published: 2016-11-24

Description of the sexuales of Myzodium modestum (Hottes) (Hemiptera: Aphididae) discovered in the Swiss Alps

Departamento de Biodiversidad y Gestión Ambiental, Universidad de León, 24071 León, Spain
Research Unit Community Ecology, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Zürcherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland
Research Unit Community Ecology, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Zürcherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland
Research Unit Community Ecology, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Zürcherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland
Hemiptera sexual morphs oviparae males moss-feeding aphids apterae alatae


The sexuales (apterous oviparous female and alate male) of Myzodium modestum (Hottes) are described for the first time from specimens captured in the Swiss Alps. This is also the first record of this species in Switzerland. This is the first evidence that an aphid may be able to complete its life cycle on mosses.



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How to Cite

HIDALGO, N. P., VANDEGEHUCHTE, M. L., SCHÜTZ, M., & RISCH, A. C. (2016). Description of the sexuales of <em>Myzodium</em> <em>modestum</em> (Hottes) (Hemiptera: Aphididae) discovered in the Swiss Alps. Zootaxa, 4196(4), 589–596.