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Chemical mimicry and host specificity in the butterfly Maculinea rebeli, a social parasite of Myrmica ant colonies
Although it has always been assumed that chemical mimicry and camouflage play a major role in the penetration of ant societies by social parasites, this paper provides the first direct evidence forExpand
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Interspecific differences in cuticular hydrocarbon profiles of Myrmica ants are sufficiently consistent to explain host specificity by Maculinea (large blue) butterflies
The chemical signatures on the cuticles of five common Myrmica ant species were analysed (49 colonies of M.rubra, M.ruginodis, M.sabuleti, M.scabrinodis and M.schencki), each ant being the specificExpand
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Chemical camouflage of myrmecophilous cricket Myrmecophilus sp. to be integrated with several ant species
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Seed cleaning behavior by tropical ants and its anti-fungal effect
In tropical forests, ants frequently consume fruit pulp around seeds of vertebrate-dispersed plants, which protects the seeds from infection by fungus and pathogens. Seed cleaning behavior byExpand
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Intraspecific Variation of Cuticular Hydrocarbon Composition in Formica japonica Motschoulsky (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Abstract Cuticular hydrocarbons and morphological features were compared among 80 Formica japonica colonies collected in Japan. Although a few morphological differences were found in workers amongExpand
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Chemical camouflage by myrmecophilous beetles Zyras comes (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) and Diaritiger fossulatus (Coleoptera: Pselaphidae) to be integrated into the nest of Lasius fuliginosus
SummaryThe myrmecophilous beetles, Zyras comes (Staphylinidae) and Diaritiger fossulatus (Pselaphidae) are guests of the black shining ant Lasius fuliginosus. Host worker ants never attacked theseExpand
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A DNA and morphology based phylogenetic framework of the ant genus Lasius with hypotheses for the evolution of social parasitism and fungiculture
BackgroundAnts of the genus Lasius are ecologically important and an important system for evolutionary research. Progress in evolutionary research has been hindered by the lack of a well-foundedExpand
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Precopulatory mate guarding by the male green chafer, Anomala albopilosa sakishimana Nomura (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)
Mating behavior of the green chafer Anomala albopilosa sakishimana Nomura (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) was observed in Miyako Island, southwestern Japan from 28 to 29 May 2003. Females and males wereExpand
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