LM of the grape phylloxerid insect, Phylloxera sp.

LM of the grape phylloxerid insect, Phylloxera sp.

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Caption: Grape phylloxerid bug. Light micrograph of the grape phylloxerid insect, Phylloxera vitifoliae. This insect is classified as a true bug (order: Homoptera). The outline of its exoskeleton is seen with three pairs of legs, & an internal digestive tract. Phylloxera vitifoliae is the best known phylloxerid bug for its history of destroying European vineyards. It was carried to Europe in the 19th century from North America. Eggs are laid on vine leaves producing galls; the adult lives in the vine root causing root decay and death. Since American rootstocks are resistant they are grafted onto European vines to protect against this insect. Magnification: x29 at 35mm size. Magnification: x110 at 4x5inch size.

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Keywords: animal, grape insect, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, light micrograph, nature, phylloxera, phylloxera vitifoliae, phylloxerid, vine insect, wildlife, zoology

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