Spatial and temporal patterns of caterpillar performance and the suitability of two host plant species

@article{vanNouhuys2003SpatialAT,
  title={Spatial and temporal patterns of caterpillar performance and the suitability of two host plant species},
  author={Saskya van Nouhuys and Michael C. Singer and Marko Nieminen},
  journal={Ecological Entomology},
  year={2003},
  volume={28}
}
Abstract. 1. The butterfly Melitaea cinxia uses two host plant species in the Åland Islands of south‐west Finland. Survey data show that host plant use is spatially variable and that the two species are not used (fed on by M. cinxia larvae) in proportion to their abundances. The pattern of host plant use by M. cinxia has been attributed in part to plant distribution and spatial variation of butterfly oviposition preference. 
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