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Queen Ants Make Distinctive Sounds That Are Mimicked by a Butterfly Social Parasite
Ants dominate terrestrial ecosystems through living in complex societies whose organization is maintained via sophisticated communication systems. The role of acoustics in information exchange may beExpand
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Myrmica ants host highly diverse parasitic communities: from social parasites to microbes
Myrmica ants have been model species for studies in a variety of disciplines, including insect physiology, chemical communication, ant social dynamics, ant population, community ecology, and antExpand
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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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Acoustical mimicry in a predatory social parasite of ants
SUMMARY Rapid, effective communication between colony members is a key attribute that enables ants to live in dominant, fiercely protected societies. Their signals, however, may be mimicked by otherExpand
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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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The “Evolutionarily Significant Unit” concept and its applicability in biological conservation
Abstract Although most conservationists claim to protect “species”, the conservation unit actually and practically managed is the individual population. As resources are not unlimited, we need toExpand
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Variation in Butterfly Larval Acoustics as a Strategy to Infiltrate and Exploit Host Ant Colony Resources
About 10,000 arthropods live as ants' social parasites and have evolved a number of mechanisms allowing them to penetrate and survive inside the ant nests. Many of them can intercept and manipulateExpand
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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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