Egg-laying patterns in butterflies in relation to their phenology and the visual apparency and abundance of their host plants

  title={Egg-laying patterns in butterflies in relation to their phenology and the visual apparency and abundance of their host plants},
  author={Christer Wiklund},
  • C. Wiklund
  • Published 1 July 1984
  • Environmental Science, Biology
  • Oecologia
Summary1.The egg-laying behaviour in the wild of 51 butterflies in Sweden is studied: three different patterns emerge. Firstly, although the majority of butterflies deposit their eggs on the plants on which their larvae later feed, butterflies that overwinter in the egg stage and use herbaceous host plants tend to avoid laying their egges on host plants2.Secondly, butterflies which use host plants that are superabundant, notably the grass-feeding satyrids, also tend not to deposit their eggs on… 
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