General Discussion Butterfly Larvae Infiltrate Ant Colonies by Mimicking Ant Sounds

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Butterfly Larvae Infiltrate Ant Colonies by Mimicking Ant Sounds

Maculinea butterflies have a good thing going. As larvae they hang out in Myrmica ant nests, feeding on the ant's own larvae in safety and comfort. Room, board and three squares a day, the only thing that could mess it up is if those pesky ants got wise to the scam and, oh, tore the butterfly larvae apart and ate it.

So why don't they? Part of it is that the larvae use chemical signals to fool the ants, but scientists have also recently discovered that parasitic Maculinea...
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