Does diet breadth control herbivorous insect distribution size? Life history and resource outlets for specialist butterflies

@article{Dennis2005DoesDB,
  title={Does diet breadth control herbivorous insect distribution size? Life history and resource outlets for specialist butterflies},
  author={Roger L. H. Dennis and Tim Shreeve and Henry R. Arnold and David B. Roy},
  journal={Journal of Insect Conservation},
  year={2005},
  volume={9},
  pages={187-200}
}
Although butterfly distributions are known to be positively correlated with the number of larval hostplants used it is not known to what extent larval hostplant number uniquely influences butterfly distributions and to what extent effects are indirect through other variables. This issue is central to understanding the part generalism and specialism in host use play in organism persistence and conservation. Here, we have modelled the links between larval hostplant number and butterfly… 

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