Enhancement of Symbioses Between Butterfly Caterpillars and Ants by Vibrational Communication

  title={Enhancement of Symbioses Between Butterfly Caterpillars and Ants by Vibrational Communication},
  author={P. Devries},
  pages={1104 - 1106}
  • P. Devries
  • Published 1990
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Butterfly caterpillars produce calls that appear to play a role in maintaining symbiotic associations with ants. A survey of butterfly species from South and Central America, North America, Europe, Thailand, and Australia suggests that the ability for caterpillars to call has evolved independently at least three times, and that calling may be ubiquitous among ant-associated species. Because ants use substrate-borne sound in their communication systems, this study points to the possibility that… CONTINUE READING
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