A bibliography of Insects and Other Animals
Associated with Heliconia

Heliconia plant


The bibliography in the following pages is copyrighted, but it may be used freely for educational purposes (not for commercial profit) if cited as follows: Frank, J.H. 2002. Heliconia. Published on WWW at http://www.entnemdept.ufl.edu/Frank/heliconiabiota/helbib.htm .

Auerbach, M.J., Strong, D.R. 1981. Nutritional ecology of Heliconia herbivores: Experiments with plant fertilization and alternative hosts. Ecological Monographs 51: 63-83.

Beaman, N.J. 1980. Dispersion, dispersal and phenotypic variability of Xenarescus monocerus, a Neotropical rolled-leaf hispine beetle. Unpublished M.S. thesis. George Washington University. 64 p.

Beutelspacher, R., Butze L., J.R. 1975. Insectos asociados a bracteas de Heliconia bihai y Heliconia latispatha Benth. (musaceas) en el sureste de Mexico. Revista de la Sociedad Mexicana de Historia Natural 36: 157-168.

Bronstein, J.L. 1986. The origin of bract liquid in Neotropical Heliconia species. Biotropica 18: 111-114.

Brooke, A.P. 1990. Tent selection, roosting ecology and social organization of the tent-making bat, Ectophylla alba, in Costa Rica. Journal of Zoology 221: 11-19.

Butzler, J.M., Hellmuth, S.M. 2004. The adaptive nature of floral bracts in four Heliconia spp. Dartmouth Studies in Tropical Ecology 2004: 126-129.

Cutraro, J.L., Ercelawn, A.Y., LeBrun, E.G., Lonsdorf, E.W., Norton, H.A., McKone, M.J. 1988. Importance of pollen and nectar in flower choice by hummingbird flower mites, Proctolaelaps kirmsei (Mesostigmata: Ascidae). International Journal of Acarology 24: 345-351.

Dias da Cruz, D., Righetti de Abreu, V.H, Van Sluys, M. 2007. The effect of hummingbird flower mites on nectar availability of two sympatric Heliconia species in a Brazilian Atlantic forest. Annals of Botany 100: 581–588.

Dobkin, D.S. 1984. Flowering patterns of long-lived Heliconia inflorescences: Implications for visiting and resident nectarivores. Oecologia 64: 245-254.

Dobkin, D.S. 1985. Heterogeneity of tropical floral microclimates and the response of hummingbird flower mites. Ecology 66: 536-543.

Dobkin, D.S. 1990. Distribution patterns of hummingbird flower mites (Gamasida: Ascidae) in relation to floral availability on Heliconia inflorescences. Behavioral Ecology 1: 131-139.

Feinsinger, P. 1983. Variable nectar secretion in a Heliconia species pollinated by hermit hummingbirds. Biotropica 15: 48-52.

Foster, M.S., Timms, R.M. Tent-making by Artibeus jamaicensis (Chiroptera: Phyllostomatidae), with plants used by bats for tents. Biotropica 8: 265-269.

Frank, J.H., Barrera, R. 2010. Natural history of Belonuchus Nordmann spp. and allies (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) in Heliconia L. (Zingiberales: Heliconiaceae) flower bracts. Insecta Mundi (2010) 0110: 1-12

Frank, J.H., Morón, M.A. 2012. Natural history of four species of Platydracus Thomson (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) in Heliconia bourgaeana Petersen (Zingiberales: Heliconiaceae) flower bracts. Insecta Mundi  (2012) 0258: 1-12.

Gage, D.A., Strong, D.R. 1981. The chemistry of Heliconia imbricata and Heliconia latispatha and the growth of a hispine beetle herbivore. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 9: 79-82.

Gill, F.B. Ecological fitting: Use of floral nectar in Heliconia stilesii Daniels by three species of hermit hummingbirds. Condor 89: 779-787.

Gill, F.B. 1988. Effects of nectar removal on nectar accumulation in flowers of Heliconia imbricata (Heliconiaceae). Biotropica 20: 169-171.

Harvey, R. 1988. The ecology of arthropod communities associated with Heliconia leaf-curls in Tambopata Wildlife Reserve, southeastern Peru. Entomologist 107: 11-19.

Jalinsky, J.R., Wertenberger, R.A., Radocy, T.A., Chaboo, S. 2014. Insects inhabiting two host plants, Heliconia stricta Huber (Heliconiaceae) and Calathea lutea Schult (Marantaceae), in southeastern Peru. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 87: 299311.

Kress, W.J. 1985. Bat pollination of an Old World Heliconia. Biotropica 17: 302-308.

Kuhlman, M.L., Brandimarte, A.L., Shimuzu, G.Y. 1988. A entomofauna de fitotelmata de Heliconia sp. da Serra de Carajas, PA. Resumos do XV Congresso Brasileiro de Zoologia (Curitiba, 1988): 629.

Lawton, J.H., Strong, D.R. 1981. Community patterns and competition in folivorous insects. American Naturalist 118: 317-338.

Linhart, Y.B. 1973. Ecological and behavioral determinants of pollen dispersal in hummingbird pollinated Heliconia. American Naturalist 107: 511-523.

Lounibos, L.P., Machado-Allison, C.E. 1993. Field test of mosquito ovipositional cues from Venezuelan phytotelmata. Florida Entomologist 76: 593-599.

Lounibos, L.P., Frank, J.H., Machado-Allison, C.E., Ocanto, P., Navarro, J.C. 1987. Survival, development, and predatory effects of mosquito larvae in Venezuelan phytotelmata. Journal of Tropical Ecology 3: 221-242.

Machado-Allison, C.E., Rodríguez, D.J., Barrera R., R., Gomez Cova, C. 1983. The insect community associated with inflorescences of Heliconia caribaea Lamarck in Venezuela. p. 247-270 in Frank, J.H., Lounibos, L.P. Phytotelmata: Terrestrial Plants as Hosts for Aquatic Insect Communities. Medford, NJ; Plexus. vii + 293 p.

Machado-Allison, C.E., Barrera R., R., Frank, J.H., Delgado, L., Gomez-Cova, C. 1985. Mosquito communities in Venezuelan phytotelmata. p. 79-93 in Lounibos, L.P., Rey, J.R., Frank, J.H. Ecology of mosquitoes: Proceedings of a workshop. Vero Beach, FL; Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory. xxi + 579 p.

Maguire, B., Belk, D. 1967. Paramecium transport by land snails. Journal of Protozoology 114: 445-447.

Maguire, B., Belk, D., Wells, G. 1968. Control of community structure by mosquito larvae. Ecology 49: 207-210.

McCoy, E.D. 1984. Colonization by herbivores of Heliconia spp. plants (Zingiberales: Heliconiaceae). Biotropica 16: 10-13.

McCoy, E.D. 1985. Interactions among leaf-top herbivores of Heliconia imbricata (Zingiberales: Heliconiaceae). Biotropica 17: 326-329.

Miller, J.Y., Sourakov, A. 2009. Scientific note: Some observations on Amauta cacica procera (Boisduval) (Castniidae: Castniidae) in Costa Rica. Tropical Lepidoptera Research 19: 113-114.

Morrison, G., Strong, D.R. 1981. Spatial variation in egg density and the intensity of parasitism in a neotropical chrysomelid (Cephaloleia consanguinea). Ecological Entomology 6: 55-61.

Naeem, S. 1988. Predator-prey interactions and community structure: Chironomids, mosquitoes and copepods in Heliconia imbricata (Musaceae). Oecologia 77: 202-209.

Naeem, S. 1990a. Resource heterogeneity and community structure: A case study in Heliconia imbricata phytotelmata. Oecologia 84: 29-38.

Naeem, S. 1990b. Patterns of distribution and abundance of competing species when resources are heterogeneous. Ecology 71: 1422-1429.

Naeem, S., Dobkin, D.S., O'Connor, B.M. 1985. Lasioseius mites (Acari: Gamasida: Ascidae) associated with hummingbird-pollinated flowers in Trinidad, West Indies. International Journal of Entomology 27: 338-353.

Pipkin, S.B., Rodríguez, R.L., León, 1966. Plant host specificity among flower-feeding neotropical Drosophila. American Naturalist 100: 135-156.

Richardson, B.A., Hull, A.G. 2000. Insect colonisation sequences in bracts of Heliconia caribaea in Puerto Rico. Ecological Entomology 25: 460-466.

Richardson, B.A., Rogers, C., Richardson, M.J. 2000. Nutrients, diversity, and community structure of two phytotelm systems in a lower montane forest, Puerto Rico. Ecological Entomology 25: 348-356.

Rood, J.P., Test, F.H. 1968. Ecology of the spiny rat, Heteromys anomalus, at Rancho Grande, Venezuela. American Midland Naturalist 79: 89-102.

Seifert, R.P. 1974. The structure of the insect community associated with Heliconia inflorescences. Ph.D. thesis, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 200 p.

Seifert, R.P. 1975. Clumps of Heliconia inflorescences as ecological islands. Ecology 56: 1416-1422.

Seifert, R.P. 1980. Mosquito fauna of Heliconia aurea. Journal of Animal Ecology 49: 687-697.

Seifert, R.P. 1981. Principal components analysis of biogeographic patterns among Heliconia insect communities. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 89: 109-122.

Seifert, R.P. 1982. Neotropical Heliconia insect communities. Quarterly Review of Biology 57: 1-28.

Seifert, R.P. 1984. Does competition structure communities? Field Studies on Neotropical Heliconia insect communities. p. 54-63 in Strong, D.R., Simberloff, D., Abele, L.G., Thistle, A.B. (eds.) Ecological communities: Conceptual issues and the evidence. Princeton, New Jersey; Princeton University Press. xiii + 613 p.

Seifert, R.P., Barrera R., R. 1981. Cohort studies on mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) larvae living in the water-filled floral bracts of Heliconia aurea (Zingiberales: Musaceae). Ecological Entomology 6: 191-197.

Seifert, R.P., Seifert, F.H. 1976a. Natural history of insects living in inflorescences of two species of Heliconia. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 84: 233-242.

Seifert, R.P., Seifert, F.H. 1976b. A community matrix analysis of Heliconia insect communities. American Naturalist 110: 461-483.

Seifert, R.P., Seifert, F.H. 1979a. Utilization of Heliconia (Musaceae) by the beetle Xenarescus monocerus (Olivier) (Chrysomelidae: Hispinae) in a Venezuelan forest. Biotropica 11: 51-59.

Seifert, R.P., Seifert, F.H. 1979b. A Heliconia insect community in a Venezuelan cloud forest. Ecology 60: 462-467.

Skutch, A.F. 1933. The aquatic flowers of a terrestrial plant, Heliconia bihai L. American Journal of Botany 20: 535-544.

Snow, B.K. 1974. Lek behavior and breeding of Guy's hermit hummingbirds, Phaethornis guy. Ibis 116: 278-297.

Staines, C.L. 1996. The genus Cephaloleia (Coleoptera: Chrysomeliadae) in Central America and the West Indies. Special Publication No. 3 of the Revista de Biología Tropical. 87 p.

Stiles, F.G. 1975. Ecology, flowering phenology and hummingbird pollination of some Costa Rican Heliconia species. Ecology 56: 285-301.

Stiles, F.G. 1978. Temporal organization of flowering among the hummingbird food plants of a tropical wet forest. Biotropica 10: 194-210.

Stiles, F.G. 1979. Notes on the natural history of Heliconia (Musaceae) in Costa Rica. Brenesia 15(suppl.): 151-180.

Strong, D.R. 1977a. Insect species richness: Hispine beetles of Heliconia latispatha. Ecology 58: 573-582.

Strong, D.R. 1977b. Rolled leaf hispine beetles (Chrysomelidae) and their Zingiberales host plants in Middle America. Biotropica 9: 156-169.

Strong, D.R., 1979. Biogeographic dynamics of insect - host plant communities. Annual Review of Entomology 24: 89-119.

Strong, D.R. 1981. The possibility of insect communities without competition: Hispine beetles on Heliconia. p. 183-194 in Denno, R.F., Dingle, H. (eds.) Insect life history patterns. Habitat and geographic variation. New York; Springer.

Strong, D.R. 1982a. Potential interspecific competition and host specificity: Hispine beetles on Heliconia. Ecological Entomology 7: 217-220.

Strong, D.R. 1982b. Harmonious coexistence of hispine beetles on Heliconia in experimental and natural communities. Ecology 63: 1039-1049.

Strong, D.R. 1983. Chelobasis bicolor (Abejón de Platanillo, Rolled Leaf Hispine). p. 708-711 in Janzen, D.H. Costa Rican Natural History. Chicago; University of Chicago Press.

Strong, D.R., Wang, M.D. 1977. Evolution of insect life histories and host plant chemistry: Hispine beetles on Heliconia. Evolution 31: 854-862.

Summers, K. 1999. The effects of cannibalism on Amazonian poison frog egg and tadpole deposition and survivorship in Heliconia axil pools. Oecologia 119: 557-564.

Timm, R.M., Mortimer, J. 1976. Selection of roost sites by Honduran white bats, Ectophylla alba (Chiroptera: Phyllostomatidae). Ecology 57: 385-389.

Vandermeer, J., Addicott, J., Andersen, A., Kitasako, J., Pearson, D., Schnell, C., Wilbur, H. 1972. Observations on Paramecium occupying arboreal standing water in Costa Rica. Ecology 53: 291-293.

Wirth, W.W. 1982. The cacao-pollinating midges of the Forcipomyia argenteola group (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 84: 568-585.

Wolf, L.L., Stiles, F.G. 1989. Adaptations for the "fail-safe" pollination of specialized ornithophilous flowers. American Midland Naturalist 121: 1-10.

Wolf, L.L., Hainsworth, F.R., Stiles, F.G. 1972. Energetics of foraging: Rate and efficiency of nectar extraction by hummingbirds. Science 176: 1351-1352.

Woolbright, L.L. 1996. Disturbance influences long-term population patterns in the Puerto Rican frog Eleutherodactylus coqui (Anura: Leptodactylidae). Biotropica 28: 493-501.

Wootton, J.T., Sun, I.-F. 1990 Bract liquid as a herbivore defense mechanism for Heliconia wagneriana inflorescences. Biotropica 22: 155-159.

Yee, D.A., Willig, R. 2007. Colonisation of Heliconia caribaea by aquatic invertebrates: resource and microsite characteristics. Ecological Entomology 32: 603-612.

This bibliography is provided as a service. If you know of publications that have been omitted, please send reprints, offprints, photocopies, or at least a reference to: J.H. Frank, Entomology/ Nematology Dept., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-0620, USA.

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