Myrmecophily in Hesperiidae. The case of Vettius tertianus in ant gardens.

@article{Orivel2000MyrmecophilyIH,
  title={Myrmecophily in Hesperiidae. The case of Vettius tertianus in ant gardens.},
  author={J{\'e}r{\^o}me Orivel and Alain Dejean},
  journal={Comptes rendus de l'Academie des sciences. Serie III, Sciences de la vie},
  year={2000},
  volume={323 8},
  pages={
          705-15
        }
}
The larvae of the hesperiid butterfly Vettius tertianus develop by eating the leaves of Aechmea mertensii, a bromeliad epiphyte restricted to ant gardens. The relationships between ants and V. tertianus larvae highlight the preferential association of the caterpillars with Pachycondyla goeldii (Ponerinae), an ant-garden initiator. The oviposition strategy of V. tertianus may thus imply the identification of the inhabiting ant species and not only the identification of the host plant. The… CONTINUE READING