Behavioral and morphological adaptations of the coccinellid,Platynaspis luteorubra for exploiting ant-attended resources (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)

@article{Vlkl2005BehavioralAM,
  title={Behavioral and morphological adaptations of the coccinellid,Platynaspis luteorubra for exploiting ant-attended resources (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)},
  author={Wolfgang V{\"o}lkl},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  year={2005},
  volume={8},
  pages={653-670}
}
  • W. Völkl
  • Published 1 September 1995
  • Biology
  • Journal of Insect Behavior
Larvae of the coccinellidPlatynaspis luteorubra were found significantly more often in ant-attended aphid colonies than in unattended colonies. The larva ofP. luteorubra are protected against detection by the antLasius niger by their unusual shape, by inconspicuous movements, and presumably by chemical camouflage. Pupae were attacked byL. niger but protected by their dense hair cover. Adults were also attacked and responded either by fleeing or by pressing their body tightly against the plant… 

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