Thermal ecology of gregarious and solitary nettle-feeding nymphalid butterfly larvae

@article{Bryant2000ThermalEO,
  title={Thermal ecology of gregarious and solitary nettle-feeding nymphalid butterfly larvae},
  author={Samuel R. Bryant and Chris D Thomas and Jeffrey S. Bale},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2000},
  volume={122},
  pages={1-10}
}
Abstract Group-living in animal populations has many possible ecological and evolutionary explanations, including predator evasion and feeding facilitation. In insects, the thermal balance of solitary and gregarious larvae is likely to differ and may thus have important ecological consequences. The abilities of the larvae of four species of nettle-feeding nymphalid butterflies to thermoregulate were quantified in the field. Larval surface body temperatures of the gregarious Aglais urticae… CONTINUE READING

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