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The evolution of host race formation and cryptic speciation in plant-feeding insects

Images of Eurosta Solidaginis (goldenrod gall fly) and Solidago altissima (goldenrod)The exceptional diversity of phytophagous insects may be due in part to their propensity for speciation via host-race formation. In our research, we have focused on two closely-related goldenrods (Solidago altissimaand S. gigantea) and their insect herbivores as a model system to study host shifts (and eventual speciation) by multiple evolutionarily independent insect lineages on the same host plant pair. Read more about The evolution of host race formation and cryptic speciation in plant-feeding insects