Defensive mechanisms of caterpillars

Hlavati, Dina (2011) Defensive mechanisms of caterpillars. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Butterflies (Lepidoptera) are an order of insects (Insecta) with two pairs of wings covered by tiny scales. They are holometabolous and go through 4 stages in their lives: egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa and imago. Since they are at the bottom of the food chain, they developed many different defensive mechanisms from predators during their evolution. In this work the most common defensive mechanisms of catterpilars are reviewed. Depending on the species of caterpilar and the predator species feeding on them, they developed various defence mechanisms such as building hides from leaves and/or silk, mimicry, defense with spines or poison.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Primc Habdija, Biserka
Date: 2011
Number of Pages: 12
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2014 08:41
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2016 14:11

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