Does herbivore diversity depend on plant diversity? The case of California butterflies.

@article{Hawkins2003DoesHD,
  title={Does herbivore diversity depend on plant diversity? The case of California butterflies.},
  author={Bradford A. Hawkins and Eric Porter},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2003},
  volume={161 1},
  pages={40-9}
}
It is widely believed that the diversity of plants influences the diversity of animals, and this should be particularly true of herbivores. We examine this supposition at a moderate spatial extent by comparing the richness patterns of the 217 butterfly species resident in California to those of plants, including all 5,902 vascular plant species and the 552 species known to be fed on by caterpillars. We also examine the relationships between plant/butterfly richness and 20 environmental… CONTINUE READING

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