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A female silver studded blue butterfly (Plebejus argus) on a shrub in the Donana National Park of southern Spain.

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A female silver studded blue butterfly (Plebejus argus) on a shrub in the Donana National Park of southern Spain. P. argus has a mutualistic association with ants of the genus Lasius and uses the rockrose plant (Halimium halimifolium) as a larval host plant. The local distribution of P. argus can be predicted based on the distribution of the ant species. This photograph originally appeared on the cover of Ecological Applications (15:4) in February of 2005.
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Temporal and geographic description Donana National Park, southern Spain.
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Primary or BEN resource type
Discipline Specific Core Concepts
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords mutualism, prediction, distribution, species distribution, host plant
Key taxa female silver studded blue butterfly, Plebejus argus, ant, Lasius, rockrose plant, Halimium halimifolium
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Pedagogical Use Description This photograph could be used to illustrate mutualisms or blue butterfly species.
Primary Author Controlled Name
Primary Author Affiliation Escuela Superior de Ciencial Experimentalas y Technologia, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

Biology Program, Wilkes University
Primary Author email dgutierrez@escet.urjc.es., kklemow@wilkes.edu
Rights Copyright 2005 by the Ecological Society of America.
Date Of Record Submission 2008-04-09

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