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Larvae on a dock plant

Observed: 24th June 2013 By: grant burleighgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Green Dock Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula) interacts

Comments

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Larvae of G. viridula produce a secretion that inhibits adults of the same species from feeding or from laying eggs nearby*. I am wondering if the droplets projecting from the larva in Image 1 represent such material.
*http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2311.1996.t01-1-00010.x/pdf