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Oecologia

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 142–143 | Cite as

Egg-mimics of Streptanthus (Cruciferae) deter oviposition by Pieris sisymbrii (Lepidoptera: Pieridae)

  • Arthur M. Shapiro
Short Communication

Summary

Streptanthus breweri, a serpentine-soil annual mustard, produces pigmented callosities on its upper leaves which are thought to mimic the eggs of the Pierid butterfly Pieris sisymbrii. P. sisymbrii is one of several inflorescence-infructescence-feeding Pierids which assess egg load visually on individual host plants prior to ovipositing. Removal of the “egg-mimics” from S. breweri plants in situ significantly increases the probability of an oviposition relative to similar, intact plants.

Keywords

Host Plant Intact Plant Individual Host Pierid Butterfly Individual Host Plant 
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© Springer-Verlag 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arthur M. Shapiro
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  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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