Freeloading Butterflies Get Away with Theft

A new study has shown a strange relationship between a butterfly species and the ants it hangs out with. While the larvae and the ants provide mutual benefits to each other, the adult butterflies are freeloaders that steal bamboo sap from the ants. Credit: Phil Torres livescience URL [http://www.livescience.com/55197-freeloading-butterflies-get-away-with-theft.html?utm_source=listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20160627-ls-test]
A new study has shown a strange relationship between a butterfly species and the ants it hangs out with. While the larvae and the ants provide mutual benefits to each other, the adult butterflies are freeloaders that steal bamboo sap from the ants.
Credit: Phil Torres
livescience URL
[http://www.livescience.com/55197-freeloading-butterflies-get-away-with-theft.html?utm_source=listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20160627-ls-test]

A bizarre Amazonian butterfly is the ultimate freeloader, researchers say. The butterfly species steals and eats gooey bamboo secretions from its ant neighbors, in a relationship known as kleptoparasitism, new research has found. «They’re kind of jerks at the adult stage,» said study co-author Aaron Pomerantz, a field biologist at thenextgenscientist.com. «They’re just stealing a resource, and they’re getting away with it for now.»

live science | By Tia Ghose, Senior Writer | June 27, 2016

Video:  BUTTERFLY DISCOVERY in the Amazon!

 

A walk through the woods in the Tambopata Amazon Rainforest can turn into a discovery of a never-before-seen behavior! Aaron Pomerantz (@nextgenscientist) and I (@phil_torres) collaborated on project to solve the mystery behind this incredible butterfly.
Huge thanks to http://www.perunature.com for supporting our research, go visit Tambopata and see this butterfly for yourself!

 

livesciencelogo

 

 

Σχολιάστε

Εισάγετε τα παρακάτω στοιχεία ή επιλέξτε ένα εικονίδιο για να συνδεθείτε:

Λογότυπο WordPress.com

Σχολιάζετε χρησιμοποιώντας τον λογαριασμό WordPress.com. Αποσύνδεση / Αλλαγή )

Φωτογραφία Twitter

Σχολιάζετε χρησιμοποιώντας τον λογαριασμό Twitter. Αποσύνδεση / Αλλαγή )

Φωτογραφία Facebook

Σχολιάζετε χρησιμοποιώντας τον λογαριασμό Facebook. Αποσύνδεση / Αλλαγή )

Φωτογραφία Google+

Σχολιάζετε χρησιμοποιώντας τον λογαριασμό Google+. Αποσύνδεση / Αλλαγή )

Σύνδεση με %s