Basal hatching by Maculinea butterfly eggs: a consequence of advanced myrmecophily?

@inproceedings{Thomas1991BasalHB,
  title={Basal hatching by Maculinea butterfly eggs: a consequence of advanced myrmecophily?},
  author={Jeremy A. Thomas and Miguel L. Munguira and Jos{\'e} Manuel P{\'e}rez Mart{\'i}n and Graham W. Elmes},
  year={1991}
}
  • Jeremy A. Thomas, Miguel L. Munguira, +1 author Graham W. Elmes
  • Published 1991
  • Biology
  • Larvae of Maculinea alcon and M. rebeli are unique among Holarctic Lycaenidae in hatching through the base of the eggshell and emerging on the opposite side of the leaf to the egg. This occurs because the exposed upper surfaces of their eggs have exceptionally thick shells. Other species of Maculinea have normal or unusually thin-shelled eggs. It is suggested that both types of Maculinea eggshell have evolved to reduce mortalities from parasitoids and predators. Maculinea alcon and M. rebeli… CONTINUE READING

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