Specificity of an ant-lycaenid interaction

@article{Jordano2004SpecificityOA,
  title={Specificity of an ant-lycaenid interaction},
  author={D. Jordano and C. Thomas},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2004},
  volume={91},
  pages={431-438}
}
SummaryMany lycaenid butterflies are believed to be mutualists of ants — the butterfly larvae secrete sugars and amino acids as rewards for the ants, and the ants protect the larvae from predation or parasitism. We examined the specificity of the relationship between the lycaenid Plebejus argus and ants in the genus Lasius. Eggs were not attractive to Lasius ants until the emerging larvae had broken through the chorion. First instar larvae were palpated and picked up by Lasius workers and taken… Expand
The distribution and density of a lycaenid butterfly in relation to Lasius ants
Gustatory synergism in ants mediates a species-specific symbiosis with lycaenid butterflies
The ecology and evolution of ant association in the Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera).
Ant association facilitates the evolution of diet breadth in a lycaenid butterfly
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