Food stress causes differential survival of socially parasitic caterpillars of Maculinea rebeli integrated in colonies of host and non‐host Myrmica ant species

@article{Elmes2004FoodSC,
  title={Food stress causes differential survival of socially parasitic caterpillars of Maculinea rebeli integrated in colonies of host and non‐host Myrmica ant species},
  author={G. Elmes and J. Wardlaw and K. Sch{\"o}nrogge and J. Thomas and R. Clarke},
  journal={Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata},
  year={2004},
  volume={110}
}
  • G. Elmes, J. Wardlaw, +2 authors R. Clarke
  • Published 2004
  • Biology
  • Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata
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