Red oaks escape insect predation in their invasive range

In our recently published paper, we showed that red oaks escape seed predation by weevils (Curculio spp.) in their invasive range. Compared to native oaks, and to red oaks in the USA, the rate of infestation was 10-times lower in red oaks in Poland. What is more, once weevils infest red oaks in Europe, the larvae fail to develop. This suggests an ecological trap for native insects created by the invasion of the novel host.

The paper was published in Integrative Zoology and will be a part of the Special Issue on Plant-Animal Interactions (edited by M.A. Steele and S. Vander Wall). A lot of cool papers will be included, so stay tuned!

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