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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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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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An annotated checklist of the Italian butterflies and skippers (Papilionoidea, Hesperiioidea).
We present here an updated checklist of the Italian butterflies (Lepidoptera: Hesperioidea and Papilionoidea) organised in the following sections (tables):1. Introduction, providing a broad outlineExpand
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Can the Geranium Bronze, Cacyreus marshalli, become a threat for European biodiversity?
Cacyreus marshalli Butler is an invasive species in many parts of Europe and Mediterranean area. In Europe, its larvae normally feed on pelargoniums. We investigated its potential to spread to nativeExpand
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Distribution, host specificity, and the potential for cryptic speciation in hoverfly Microdon myrmicae (Diptera: Syrphidae), a social parasite of Myrmica ants
1. In 2002 Microdon myrmicae, a social parasite of Myrmica ants, was taxonomically separated from Microdon mutabilis. The original study in the U.K. found Microdon myrmicae to be specific to one antExpand
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Mobility and oviposition site-selection in Zerynthia cassandra (Lepidoptera, Papilionidae): implications for its conservation
The adults’ mobility and oviposition preferences of Zerynthia cassandra have been studied for the first time, with the aim of integrating auto-ecological information into recommendations for theExpand
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Haying and grazing effects on the butterfly communities of two Mediterranean-area grasslands
Grasslands are usually the most suitable environment for butterflies, but have been also traditionally used for productive activities. This paper compares the impact of mowing and grazing onExpand
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