Posted: Feb 13, 2011 2:48 am
by susu.exp
Holy shit. That´s not merely mimicing a leaf, but a partly skeletonized leaf, with polylobate hole feeding and apex feeding. It even mimics the reaction rims. Now, a good deal of leaf damage is done by larval lepidopterans of course and the only thing that´d make this even cooler would be if the catapillars of Coenophlebia archidona produced just that type of feeding pattern. So far I could only establish that most known larvae of Charaxinae are external feeders (which includes all the types of damage mimiced) and most of them feed on dicots.