Data from: Water-repellent plant surface structure induced by gall-forming insects for waste management

Keigo Uematsu, Mayako Kutsukake & Takema Fukatsu
Many animals and plants have evolved elaborate water-repellent microstructures on their surface, which often play important roles in their ecological adaptation. Here we report a unique type of water-repellent structure on plant surface, which develops as an insect-induced plant morphology in a social context. Some social aphids form galls on their host plant, in which they produce large amount of hydrophobic wax. Excreted honeydew is coated by the powdery wax to form “honeydew balls”, which...
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