Ant-Butterfly Research

Photos to come Summer 2018! 

(That's the plan anyway.)

Johnson Prairie
Johnson Prairie

One side of the road (the greener side) was burned last year, allowing for a natural experiment comparing burned and unburned areas.

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Sickle keeled lupine
Sickle keeled lupine

The host plant of the Puget blue butterfly (and others) on a dewy morning.

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Sickle-keeled lupine flower
Sickle-keeled lupine flower

Possible nutrient source for adult Puget blue butterflies.

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Reward for protection
Reward for protection

An ant receives a sugar droplet reward in exchange for protecting this Puget blue butterfly caterpillar.

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Puget blue caterpillar
Puget blue caterpillar

These caterpillars can be found on their host plant, sickle keeled lupine.

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Solenopsis
Solenopsis

These tiny ants can also protect caterpillars and live at our field site.

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Western thatch ant
Western thatch ant

These ants are among those that tend caterpillars.

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Silvery blue butterfly
Silvery blue butterfly

Closely related species to my study system.

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Male Puget blue butterfly
Male Puget blue butterfly

Nectaring on oxeye daisy.

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