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Host recognition by the specialist hoverfly Microdon mutabilis, a social parasite of the ant Formica lemani.

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The larva of the hoverfly Microdon mutabilis is a specialist social parasite of the ant Formica lemani that is adapted to local groups of F. lemani colonies but mal-adapted to colonies of the same species situated only a few hundred meters away. At a study site in Ireland, F. lemani shares its habitat with four other ant species. All nest under stones, making the oviposition choice by M. mutabilis females crucial to offspring survival. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that, as an extre...

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10.1007/s10886-007-9417-8

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Journal:
Journal of chemical ecology More from this journal
Volume:
34
Issue:
2
Pages:
168-178
Publication date:
2008-02-01
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EISSN:
1573-1561
ISSN:
0098-0331
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English
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2012-12-19

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