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Some things are too good to be true: Lycaenid butterfly larvae manipulate ants -- ScienceDaily

Some things are too good to be true: Lycaenid butterfly larvae manipulate ants -- ScienceDaily

Like other Lycaenid butterflies the Spring Azure forms close associations with ants. The ants protect the caterpillars from predators in exchange for a sweet substance called honeydew. http://ift.tt/1SGrV4j

Like other Lycaenid butterflies the Spring Azure forms close associations with ants. The ants protect the caterpillars from predators in exchange for a sweet substance called honeydew. http://ift.tt/1SGrV4j

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Monkey-Puzzle [Rathinda amor] is a small lycaenid / blue-butterfly from south Asia. It has a weak-flight; stays low and does not fly for long without alighting. Its method of alighting is interesting - as soon as it lands, it turns around and waggles its tail filaments, it also side-steps for a while - all this is may be to confuse a predator as to which side is the head. This is a likely reason that the first naturalists may have named the species the Monkey Puzzle. Kadavoor, Kerala, India.

Monkey-Puzzle [Rathinda amor] is a small lycaenid / blue-butterfly from south Asia. It has a weak-flight; stays low and does not fly for long without alighting. Its method of alighting is interesting - as soon as it lands, it turns around and waggles its tail filaments, it also side-steps for a while - all this is may be to confuse a predator as to which side is the head. This is a likely reason that the first naturalists may have named the species the Monkey Puzzle. Kadavoor, Kerala, India.

Western Pygmy Blue (Brephidium exilis) | Mana, Kaua`i

Western Pygmy Blue (Brephidium exilis) | Mana, Kaua`i

My species of lycaenid butterflies use ants to feed them or protect them, as shown in the image above

My species of lycaenid butterflies use ants to feed them or protect them, as shown in the image above

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