Do caterpillars disperse their damage?: larval foraging behaviour of two specialist herbivores, Euphydryas phaeton (Nymphalidae) and Pieris rapae (Pieridae)

@article{Mauricio1990DoCD,
  title={Do caterpillars disperse their damage?: larval foraging behaviour of two specialist herbivores, Euphydryas phaeton (Nymphalidae) and Pieris rapae (Pieridae)},
  author={Rodney Mauricio and M Deane Bowers},
  journal={Ecological Entomology},
  year={1990},
  volume={15}
}
Abstract. 1. To examine ecological and evolutionary aspects of caterpillar foraging behaviour, this study focused on observation of the individual foraging behaviour of two lepidopteran species,Pieris rapae L. andEuphydryas phaeton (Drury), on their respective host plants. 

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