Macronutrient content of plant-based food affects growth of a carnivorous arthropod.

  title={Macronutrient content of plant-based food affects growth of a carnivorous arthropod.},
  author={Shawn M. Wilder and David A. Holway and Andrew V Suarez and Micky D. Eubanks},
  volume={92 2},
Many arthropods engage in mutualisms in which they consume plant-based foods including nectar, extrafloral nectar, and honeydew. However, relatively little is known about the manner in which the specific macronutrients in these plant-based resources affect growth, especially for carnivorous arthropods. Using a combination of laboratory and field experiments, we tested (1) how plant-based foods, together with ad libitum insect prey, affect the growth of a carnivorous ant, Solenopsis invicta, and… CONTINUE READING
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