Sawfly larvae pay the price of defence

Puttam, Clare
November 1991
New Scientist;11/2/91, Vol. 132 Issue 1793, p19
Discusses an experiment carried out by Swedish biologists Christer Bjorkman and Stig Larsson, on the pine sawfly caterpillar the feeds on pine needles which happen to contain resin acids. Herbivores that risk eating plants producing poisonous chemicals, to use the chemicals to defend themselves against predators; Death rate among caterpillars eating pine needles.


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