Defensive responses by a social caterpillar are tailored to different predators and change with larval instar and group size

@article{McClure2011DefensiveRB,
  title={Defensive responses by a social caterpillar are tailored to different predators and change with larval instar and group size},
  author={Melanie McClure and Emma Despland},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2011},
  volume={98},
  pages={425-434}
}
Gregariousness in animals is widely accepted as a behavioral adaptation for protection from predation. However, predation risk and the effectiveness of a prey’s defense can be a function of several other factors, including predator species and prey size or age. The objective of this study was to determine if the gregarious habit of Malacosoma disstria caterpillars is advantageous against invertebrate natural enemies, and whether it is through dilution or cooperative defenses. We also examined… CONTINUE READING