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Abdomen

The third and often largest part of an insect’s body, located closest to the tail end of the insect.  It is made up of several similar-looking segments and often bears a pair of jointed, terminal appendages called the cerci.

Adult

Final life stage of an insect, when it is fully formed and capable of reproducing.

Alternate Host

A plant other than the main host that is required for a pathogen or pest to complete its lifecycle. For example, the white pine blister rust pathogen needs to infect a plant in the genus Ribes before it can make a pine tree sick.

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