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Varied Effects of Tending Ant Species on the Development of Facultatively Myrmecophilous Lycaenid Butterfly Larvae
Mizuno, Takafumi1; Hagiwara, Yasuo2; Akino, Toshiharu1
2019
Source PublicationINSECTS
ISSN2075-4450
Volume10Issue:8Pages:-
AbstractAnts often tend and protect the larvae of various myrmecophilous lycaenid species, which influences the fitness of butterflies by altering their growth and developmental time. Tending produces diverse effects depending on lycaenid sex and the lycaenid/ant species combination. Effects are widely variable, especially in facultatively myrmecophilous lycaenids such as Plebejus argyrognomon praeterinsularis, because they are associated with several ant species and can survive without any ant tending. We studied the effects of ant tending on the adult body mass and larval developmental time of P. argyrognomon praeterinsularis. Female larvae grew significantly heavier as adults when tended by Camponotus japonicus rather than by either Lasius japonicus or no ant species. Ant tending did not affect the body mass of adult males or the developmental time of either male or female larvae. Thus, tending by C. japonicus could increase the fitness of P. argyrognomon praeterinsularis by increasing the mass of females without prolonging the duration of vulnerable immature stages, because larger females generally lay more eggs. This means that even facultatively myrmecophilous lycaenids might gain fitness benefits from particular ant species, which could be important in the conservation and management of at-risk species of facultatively myrmecophilous lycaenids.
Keywordfacultative myrmecophile Lycaenidae development Plebejus argyrognomon praeterinsularis species specific effect
Subject AreaEntomology
DOI10.3390/insects10080234
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS IDWOS:000482982800001
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Identifierhttp://ir.xtbg.org.cn/handle/353005/11478
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Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Xishuangbanna Trop Bot Garden, CAS Key Lab Trop Forest Ecol, Menglun 666303, Mengla, Peoples R China
2.Kyoto Inst Technol, Appl Entomol Lab, Saga Ippongi Cho 1, Kyoto 6168354, Japan
3.Showa Univ, Fac Arts & Sci Fujiyoshida, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi 4030005, Japan
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Mizuno, Takafumi,Hagiwara, Yasuo,Akino, Toshiharu. Varied Effects of Tending Ant Species on the Development of Facultatively Myrmecophilous Lycaenid Butterfly Larvae[J]. INSECTS,2019,10(8):-.
APA Mizuno, Takafumi,Hagiwara, Yasuo,&Akino, Toshiharu.(2019).Varied Effects of Tending Ant Species on the Development of Facultatively Myrmecophilous Lycaenid Butterfly Larvae.INSECTS,10(8),-.
MLA Mizuno, Takafumi,et al."Varied Effects of Tending Ant Species on the Development of Facultatively Myrmecophilous Lycaenid Butterfly Larvae".INSECTS 10.8(2019):-.
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