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January 7, 2010 7:05 PM Subscribe
EntomologyFilter - Help a librarian out of his depth find a better plan of attack on some specific insect-related searching. I need to know if terminology exists for what I need to find.
posted by Decimask to Science & Nature (5 answers total)
Alright, here goes: I'm looking for ways biologists refer to insects which spend parts of their life cycle inside of the seeds of plants. I was specifically asked about hibernation inside seeds, but I'm sure other parts of the life cycle could also apply.
The specific plants mentionned are angiosperms
and deciduous trees on a global scale with the only real limitation being they should fall primarily in temperate zones.
I did come across one specific variety of seed-boring beetle with a latin name including something like bruscea
, but I haven't got my notes at home with me.
So if you've got any turns of phrase, figures of speech or other teminology (including any relevant families, genii or species) related to this, I'd be most grateful. Right now I can't sift data properly because I'm a bit like an ant in an XKCD comic
[It just occured to me that I never searched for any variation of "seed-bor*", so that's on the to-do list: note to self, GET MORE SLEEP]