A case of Batesian mimicry between a myrmecophilous staphylinid beetle, Pella comes, and its host ant, Lasius (Dendrolasius) spathepus: an experiment using the Japanese treefrog, Hyla japonica as a real predator

@article{Taniguchi2005ACO,
  title={A case of Batesian mimicry between a myrmecophilous staphylinid beetle, Pella comes, and its host ant, Lasius (Dendrolasius) spathepus: an experiment using the Japanese treefrog, Hyla japonica as a real predator},
  author={Kazuhisa Taniguchi and Munetoshi Maruyama and Travis Ichikawa and Fuminori Ito},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2005},
  volume={52},
  pages={320-322}
}
Some myrmecophilous animals show myrmecomorphy, however, its adaptive significance is still controversial. We investigated a possible benefit of Batesianmimicry between a myrmecophilous staphylinid beetle, Pella comes, and its host ant, Lasius (Dendrolasius) spathepus, by using a common ant predator, the Japanese treefrog, Hyla japonica. In the field, H. japonica were found to feed on numerous ants and other insects, but in laboratory experiments they refused feeding on L. spathepus. L… CONTINUE READING

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