Performance data of Danaus larvae feeding on native and exotic host plants

Pedro Ferreira & Daniela Rodrigues
The consequences of the introduction of invasive plants for the diet of herbivorous insects have been little explored in nature where, potentially, abiotic and biotic factors operate. In this study we examined the larval performance of two Neotropical Danaini butterflies when using either a native or an exotic Apocynaceae species as host plant in both field and laboratory experiments. Hosts greatly differ in their amount of latex exudation and other physicochemical traits, as well as...
1 citation reported since publication in 2021.
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