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.

Sickle keeled lupine
Sickle keeled lupine

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

Sickle-keeled lupine flower
Sickle-keeled lupine flower

Possible nutrient source for adult Puget blue butterflies.

Reward for protection
Reward for protection

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

Puget blue caterpillar
Puget blue caterpillar

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

Solenopsis
Solenopsis

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

Western thatch ant
Western thatch ant

These ants are among those that tend caterpillars.

Silvery blue butterfly
Silvery blue butterfly

Closely related species to my study system.

Male Puget blue butterfly
Male Puget blue butterfly

Nectaring on oxeye daisy.

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