Evolution of larval food plant associations in Delias Hübner butterflies (Lepidoptera: Pieridae)
A review of larval food plants of the genus Delias is presented. Larvae specialize primarily on aerial-stem and root hemiparasites (" mistletoes") in the order Santalales. Although butterfly food plant associations have been recorded for only a small proportion of the genus (28 species or ∼11%, representing 12/24 species-groups), available data suggest that the family Loranthaceae is used most frequently (77%), followed by the Santalaceae sensu stricto (14%) and Viscaceae (8%). With the...[Show more]
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