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Insects as Selective Agents on Plant Vegetative Morphology: Egg Mimicry Reduces Egg Laying by Butterflies

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Science  24 Apr 1981:
Vol. 212, Issue 4493, pp. 467-469
DOI: 10.1126/science.212.4493.467

Abstract

Experiments show that Heliconius butterflies are less likely to oviposit on host plants that possess eggs or egglike plant structures. These egg mimics are an unambiguous example of a plant trait evolved in response to a host-restricted group of insect herbivores.

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