Chemical defence of the warningly coloured caterpillars of Methona themisto (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae)

@article{Massuda2009ChemicalDO,
  title={Chemical defence of the warningly coloured caterpillars of Methona themisto (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae)},
  author={K. F. Massuda and J. R. Trigo},
  journal={European Journal of Endocrinology},
  year={2009},
  volume={106},
  pages={253-259}
}
  • K. F. Massuda, J. R. Trigo
  • Published 2009
  • Biology
  • European Journal of Endocrinology
  • The caterpillars of the butterfly Methona themisto (Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae) are conspicuously coloured and feed exclusively on Brunfelsia uniflora (Solanaceae), a plant that is rich in secondary plant substances, which suggests the caterpillars are chemically protected against predators. Results of experiments indicate that predators determine the survival of Methona themisto caterpillars in the field and laboratory bioassays that this organism is eaten by ants and spiders but not chicks. Both… CONTINUE READING
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