Developmental change in aggregation, defense and escape behavior of buckmoth caterpillars, Hemileuca lucina (Saturniidae)

@article{Cornell2004DevelopmentalCI,
  title={Developmental change in aggregation, defense and escape behavior of buckmoth caterpillars, Hemileuca lucina (Saturniidae)},
  author={Jennifer C. Cornell and Nancy E. Stamp and M Deane Bowers},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={20},
  pages={383-388}
}
Changes in response to attack and the tendency to aggregate were examined in the six larval instars of the buckmoth, Hemileuca lucina (Saturniidae). In response to simulation of attack by a parasitoid and of biting by a predator, early instars (I, II, and III) exhibited defensive behavior much more often than escape behaviors, whereas late instar larvae (IV, V, and VI) usually resorted to escape rather than defend themselves. The situations in which attacked larvae were most likely to stimulate… CONTINUE READING

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