Thursday, January 3, 2008

Ants Look After Butterflies Young Ones

Need some help from all that back breaking work of raising your 3 month old baby. Easy- Get the neighbours to do it... For Free!. Well though that is very unlikely to happen in our world, in the world of butterflies it is happening already. Researchers from Denmark have found that the Alcon Blue Butterfly is capable of producing larvae with a chemical coating similar to that of local Myrmica rubra ants. The butterflies deposit their larvae on marsh gentian plants where exploring ants find them, identify the chemical coating, and take the butterfly larvae back to the ant colony and feed them until they grow up and leave. Hmmm... Tricking another species to feed your kids, that's something we humans are yet to accomplish!

Source Msnbc

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