"Wolf-in-Sheep's-Clothing" Strategy of a Predaceous Insect Larva

@article{Eisner1978WolfinSheepsClothingSO,
  title={"Wolf-in-Sheep's-Clothing" Strategy of a Predaceous Insect Larva},
  author={Thomas Eisner and Karen Hicks and Maria Eisner and D. S. Robson},
  journal={Science},
  year={1978},
  volume={199},
  pages={790 - 794}
}
The larva of the green lacewing Chrysopa slossonae lives in colonies of the wooly alder aphid Prociphilus tesselatus upon which it feeds. It disguises itself as its prey by plucking some of the waxy "wool" from the bodies of the aphids and applying this material to its own back. The investiture protects it from assault by the ants that ordinarily "shepherd" the aphids. Larvae artifically denuded are seized by the ants and removed from the aphid colonies. A larva requires on the average less… 

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