Social Oviposition Behavior and Life History of Aglais cashmirensis from Nepal (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae).

A. Sourakov

Abstract


The combining of eggs into a single batch by two Aglais cashmirensis (Kollar) females was observed during a trip to Nepal. The benefits of such "social" behavior are discussed. The early stages of this butterfly species are illustrated and compared against those of its close European relative Aglais urticae (Linnaeus).

Keywords


Asia; eggs; defensive behavior; Europe; immatures; larva; larval behavior; oviposition; Palearctic; parasitoids; Urticaceae

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