The Journal of experimental biology, 01 May 2011, Vol.214(Pt 9), pp.1407-10
Chemical communication plays a major role in the organisation of ant societies, and is mimicked to near perfection by certain large blue (Maculinea) butterflies that parasitise Myrmica ant colonies. The recent discovery of differentiated acoustical communication between different castes of ants, and the fact that this too is mimicked by the butterflies, adds a new component of coevolutionary complexity to a fascinating multitrophic system of endangered species, and it could inspire new ways to engage the public in their conservation.
Animal Communication ; Conservation of Natural Resources ; Butterflies -- Physiology
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