Publications => Article Results => Detail

Metamorphosis - Article Details

  • Overview
  • Image Gallery



Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
2003, Metamorphosis Volume 14, Issue 2: 48 - 54
Publication Date : 2003-06-30
Author/s : Andre J. M. Claassens and Alan Heath

Title :

The life-history of Thestor basutus basutus (Wallengren) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) with new information on its association with pugnacious ants (Anoplolepis sp.: Formicidae)

Abstract :

Observed interactions between the host-ant Anoplolepis custodiens, and the pupa and final instar larva of Thestor basutus basutus is described.  Larvae frequently interrupted two ants exchanging regurgitations, intercepting the flow of food and substituting itself for the recipient ant.  There are strong indications that both organic detritus and ant brood are supplementary food sources.  This, together with preying on Homoptera in the early instars, implies that this insect exploits all the entomophagous opportunities to which it is exposed.  A Thestor larva was sometimes observed to groom a host-ant.  These behavioural observations are briefly discussed.

Download Metamorphosis Journal

Download PDF

Keywords:

Lycaenidae, myrmecophily, trophallaxis, aphytophagy, entomophagy, carnivory, detritovory, grooming.

Citation :

COPYRIGHT NOTICE : Copyright © Lepidopterists' Society of Africa

News Thumbnail PicGPS CO-ORDINATES
MAIN LOCATION
SUBLOCATION
LOCATION

Description
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit sed diam nonummy nibh euismod. Csectetuer adipiscing elit sed diam nonummy nibh euismod.

**IMAGE = GOOGLE MAP INTERACTIVE APP - I HAVE CODE FOR THIS **

SEARCH OUR SITE

Social Media Icons


Saftronics - Proud sponsor of Metamorphosis, The Official Journal of the Lepidopterists Society of Africa Saftronics, Proud Sponsor of Metamorphosis, The Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa Scott Bader © 2013 - 2018 | METAMORPHOSIS | Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa | www.lepsocafrica.org
ISSN 1018-6490 (PRINT) ISSN 2307-5031 (ONLINE)
SITE DEVELOPMENT | DESIGN : Skin the Cat Creative Lab