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Detrimental effects of latex and cardiac glycosides on survival and growth of first-instar monarch butterfly larvae Danaus plexippus feeding on the sandhill milkweed Asclepias humistrata

Author(s): M. P. Zalucki, L. P. Brower and A. Alonso

Month: Apr
Year: 2001

Journal: Ecological Entomology
Volume: 26
Issue: 2
Pages: 212-224

Article Topic(s): Chemistry, Disturbance
Research Setting(s): Laboratory

Species Referenced: Asclepias humistrata (Pinewoods milkweed),

Abstract

Studies the effects of latex and cardiac glycosides found in Asclepias humistrata on the growth of first-instar larvae of the monarch butterfly. Partially severing plant petioles prior to herbivory mimics the behavior of mature monarch butterfly. In this study, partially severing petioles of A. humistrata increased larval growth and survival of first-instar larvae of the monarch butterfly.

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M. P. Zalucki, L. P. Brower and A. Alonso. "Detrimental effects of latex and cardiac glycosides on survival and growth of first-instar monarch butterfly larvae Danaus plexippus feeding on the sandhill milkweed Asclepias humistrata." Ecological Entomology 26.2 (2001): 212-224.

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