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Food preference and performance of the larvae of a specialist herbivore: variation among and within host-plant populations

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Specialist herbivores are suggested to be unaffected by or attracted to the defense compounds of their host-plants, and can even prefer higher levels of certain chemicals. Abrostola asclepiadis is a specialist herbivore whose larvae feed on the leaves of Vincetoxicum hirundinaria, which contains toxic alkaloids and is unpalatable to most generalist herbivores. The food choice, leaf consumption and growth of A. asclepiadis larvae were studied to determine whether there is variation among and w...

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10.1016/j.actao.2005.06.004

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Journal:
ACTA OECOLOGICA-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY
Volume:
28
Issue:
3
Pages:
325-330
Publication date:
2005
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ISSN:
1146-609X
URN:
uuid:1aa8d768-0294-4018-bad7-36db1e3a7e9a
Source identifiers:
47634
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pubs:47634

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