Efficiency of Fruit Juice Feeding in Morpho peleides (Nymphalidae, Lepidoptera)

  title={Efficiency of Fruit Juice Feeding in Morpho peleides (Nymphalidae, Lepidoptera)},
  author={M. Knopp and H. Krenn},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  • M. Knopp, H. Krenn
  • Published 2004
  • Biology
  • Journal of Insect Behavior
  • We have described the feeding behavior of the frugivorous butterfly Morpho peleides (Butler 1872) under various conditions and tested its ability to take up fluid from selected natural and artificial food sources in comparison with the nectarvorous Vanessa cardui (Linnaeus 1758). Both nymphalids showed similar probing behavior except for one particular proboscis movement and the fact that M. peleides was unable to feed from Lantana flowers. In 2-min feeding trials, M. peleides imbibed a greater… CONTINUE READING
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