Roles for structural and temporal shelter-changing by fern-feeding lepidopteran larvae

@article{Ruehlmann1988RolesFS,
  title={Roles for structural and temporal shelter-changing by fern-feeding lepidopteran larvae},
  author={T. E. Ruehlmann and Robert W. Matthews and Janis R Matthews},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1988},
  volume={75},
  pages={228-232}
}
Larvae of the pyralid moth, Herpetogramma aeglealis, construct feeding shelters upon the Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides). Field and laboratory study involving 532 shelters showed that as the larvae mature, they sequentially inhabit approximately 5 shelters of 3 distinct types, constructed at night on different fronds of the same plant. The bundle shelter, simple and ephemeral, is first to be inhabited and constructed. The fiddlehead shelter which houses slightly older larvae… CONTINUE READING