Host Finding by Odor in the Myrmecophilic Beetle Atemeles pubicollis Bris. (Staphylinidae)

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Science  07 Nov 1969:
Vol. 166, Issue 3906, pp. 757-758
DOI: 10.1126/science.166.3906.757


The beetle Atemeles publicollis orients to the odor of its host ants by positive anemotaxis and osmoclinotaxis. The chemical response changes with age of the beetles. After hatching they are attracted by Myrmica odors, and, after hibernating, by Formica odors.

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