volume 163, issue 2, P177-183 2017
DOI: 10.1111/eea.12558
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Bonnie J. Welch, Obadi M. Obadi, Evan C. Lampert

Abstract: Abstract Carotenoids are used for many functions by animals, including combining with other pigments to produce aposematic and cryptic coloration. Carotenoids in combination with blue pigments are responsible for green coloration in many caterpillars, and thus carotenoid sequestration may reduce their contrast against a green foliage background. We tested the hypothesis that carotenoid sequestration reduces contrast and enhances survival by rearing Trichoplusia ni Hübner (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) on Brassica o…

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