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Brazilian Cerrado Folivore and Florivore Caterpillars: How Different are They
- Morais, Helena C., Hay, John Du Vall, Diniz, Ivone R.
- Biotropica 2009 v.41 no.4 pp. 401-405
- adults, buds, cerrado, fauna, flowers, herbivores, insect larvae, leaves, species diversity
- Because of the large differences between flower buds and leaves as food resources we predict that florivore caterpillars compared with folivores would present: (1) higher degree of dietary specificity; (2) higher abundance; and (3) lower species richness. Based on emerged adults from caterpillars collected on leaves and inflorescences our results showed that the florivore fauna was strongly dominated by a few species with higher abundance and dietary specificity than the folivore fauna.