Anthropogenic host plant expansion leads a nettle-feeding butterfly out of the forest: consequences for larval survival and developmental plasticity in adult morphology

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Merckx, Thomas; Serruys, Mélanie; Van Dyck, Hans;
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
  • Journal: volume 8,issue 4,pages363-372issn: 1752-4571, eissn: 1752-4571
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  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC4408147, doi: 10.1111/eva.12249
  • Subject: range expansion | Urtica dioica | eutrophication | phenotypic space | eco-evolutionary dynamics | Urtica dioica. | Aglais urticae | 3123 | habitat expansion | split-brood | rapid evolution | QH301 | Original Articles | host plant quality
    mesheuropmc: fungi

Recent anthropogenic eutrophication has meant that host plants of nettle-feeding insects became quasi-omnipresent in fertile regions of Western Europe. However, host plant resource quality – in terms of microclimate and nutritional value – may vary considerably between ... View more