The relationship between ant-tending and maternal care in the treehopper Publilia modesta

@article{Billick2001TheRB,
  title={The relationship between ant-tending and maternal care in the treehopper Publilia modesta},
  author={Ian Billick and Megan Weidmann and Jennifer S. Reithel},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2001},
  volume={51},
  pages={41-46}
}
We examined the relationship between maternal care and ant-tending in the treehopper species, Publilia modesta. Ant-tending increased the number of nymphs surviving to adulthood by approximately fivefold. Maternal care increased the number of nymphs surviving to adulthood by approximately 50% in the presence of ants. Maternal care had either no effect or the opposite effect in the absence of ants; when ants were not present survivorship was 30% lower in the presence of mothers. Maternal care… CONTINUE READING

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