Submitted to: American Entomologist
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: September 12, 2007
Publication Date: May 1, 2008
Citation: Favret, C.R., Miller, G.L. 2008. Book review: Aphids on the world's herbaceous plants and shrubs, Volume 1 & 2. American Entomologist. 54:61-62.
Plant damage from aphids has resulted in billions of dollars losses annually. This book review is directed toward the first comprehensive host-based identification guide for any significant group of phytophagous insects. The work covers over 3,000 aphid species. Not only does it have diagnostic keys for identifying species of aphids but it also includes information about host plants, virus transmission, world distribution, biology, and chromosome number. It is possibly the most significant work of its kind and should be a required text for anyone wanting to identify aphids on herbaceous plants and shrubs worldwide.