Oviposition tests of ant preference in a myrmecophilous butterfly

  title={Oviposition tests of ant preference in a myrmecophilous butterfly},
  author={Ann M. Fraser and Tom Tregenza and Nina Wedell and Naomi E Pierce},
Butterflies in the family Lycaenidae that have obligate associations with ants frequently exhibit ant-dependent egg laying behaviour. In a series of field and laboratory choice tests, we assessed oviposition preference of the Australian lycaenid Jalmenus evagoras in response to different species and populations of ants. Females discriminated between attendant and nonattendant ant species, between attendant ant species, and to some extent, between populations of a single ant species. When… CONTINUE READING
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