Butterfly Feeding on Lycopsid

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Science  25 Jun 1971:
Vol. 172, Issue 3990, pp. 1341-1342
DOI: 10.1126/science.172.3990.1341


Larvae of Euptychia westwoodi feed on Selaginella, a lycopsid. This is the first feeding record in the Satyrinae outside the monocotyledons and one of the few records of a butterfly feeding on other than a seed plant. Clues to possible evolutionary origins of this habit are found in the oviposition behavior of other Euptychia species.