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To lay or not to lay: oviposition of Maculinea arion in relation to Myrmica ant presence and host plant phenology
The choices made by ovipositing female butterflies play a key role in the survival of their offspring and consequently in the persistence of butterfly populations. These choices are even more crucialExpand
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Habitat preferences of Maculinea arion and its Myrmica host ants: implications for habitat management in Italian Alps
Projections of climate-change scenarios indicate that many Maculinea arion populations will disappear from Europe over the next 50 years. Extinctions will be particularly concentrated around theExpand
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Selection on dispersal in isolated butterfly metapopulations
In most metapopulation models dispersal is assumed to be a fixed species-specific trait, but in reality dispersal abilities are highly sensitive to various selective pressures. Strict isolation of aExpand
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Plant defences against ants provide a pathway to social parasitism in butterflies
Understanding the chemical cues and gene expressions that mediate herbivore–host-plant and parasite–host interactions can elucidate the ecological costs and benefits accruing to different partners inExpand
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Myrmica Ants and Their Butterfly Parasites with Special Focus on the Acoustic Communication
About 10,000 arthropod species live as ants' social parasites and have evolved a number of mechanisms allowing them to penetrate and survive inside the ant nests. Myrmica colonies, in particular, areExpand
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Contrasting genetic structure of rear edge and continuous range populations of a parasitic butterfly infected by Wolbachia
BackgroundClimatic oscillations are among the long-term factors shaping the molecular features of animals and plants and it is generally supposed that the rear edges (i.e., the low-latitude limits ofExpand
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Interspecific relationships in co-occurring populations of social parasites and their host ants
Myrmica ant colonies host numerous insect species, including the larvae of Maculinea butterflies and Microdon myrmicae hoverflies. Little is known about the interspecific relationships among theseExpand
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