Trade-offs underlying polyphagy in a facultative ant-tended florivorous butterfly: the role of host plant quality and enemy-free space

@article{Rodrigues2010TradeoffsUP,
  title={Trade-offs underlying polyphagy in a facultative ant-tended florivorous butterfly: the role of host plant quality and enemy-free space},
  author={Daniela Rodrigues and L. Kaminski and A. Freitas and P. S. Oliveira},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2010},
  volume={163},
  pages={719-728}
}
  • Daniela Rodrigues, L. Kaminski, +1 author P. S. Oliveira
  • Published 2010
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Oecologia
  • The underlying mechanisms mediating the use of multiple host plants were investigated in Parrhasius polibetes (Lycaenidae), a florivorous and facultative myrmecophilous butterfly. Plant traits such as presence of ant–treehopper associations as a source of enemy-free space, flower bud dimensions, toughness, thickness, trichomes, and the corresponding performance and wear of P. polibetes mandibles were examined for three natural hosts: Schefflera vinosa (Araliaceae), Pyrostegia venusta… CONTINUE READING
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