Acoustics, context and function of vibrational signalling in a lycaenid butterfly–ant mutualism

@article{Travassos2000AcousticsCA,
  title={Acoustics, context and function of vibrational signalling in a lycaenid butterfly–ant mutualism},
  author={Mark A. Travassos and Naomi E. Pierce},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2000},
  volume={60},
  pages={13-26}
}
Juveniles of the Australian common imperial blue butterfly, Jalmenus evagoras, produce substrate-borne vibrational signals in the form of two kinds of pupal calls and three larval calls. Pupae stridulate in the presence of conspecific larvae, when attended by an ant guard, and as a reaction against perturbation. Using pupal pairs in which one member was experimentally muted, pupal calls were shown to be important in ant attraction and the maintenance of an ant guard. A pupa may use calls to… Expand
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