Immature biology and morphology of an obligate myrmecophilous butterfly Catapaecilma major moltrechti (Wileman) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) from Taiwan

Yu Feng Hsu, Chia Lung Huang, Hang Chi Huang

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Abstract

The immature biology and morphology of Catapaecilma major moltrechti (Wileman) from Taiwan are reported. The larva of this taxon is proven to be largely predacious on a few scale insect species attended by ant Crematogester rogenhoferi in satellite nests constructed by the ants, but it also consumes plant material within or near ants' satellite nests in elder instars. The discovery of the food habit of this taxon is interesting as the larva of C. major is known to be phytophagous in India and Sri Lanka.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-284
Number of pages11
JournalZootaxa
Volume4139
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jul 20

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Keywords

  • Carnivory
  • Food Habit
  • India
  • Myrmecophily
  • Phyto-Predacious
  • Sri Lanka

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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