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Seasonal changes in predator community switch the direction of selection for prey defences [Nature communications]

by Frédéric Magné - published on , updated on

Insect communities consist of aposematic species with efficient warning colours against predation, as well as abundant examples of crypsis. To understand such coexistence, we here report results from a field experiment where relative survival of artificial larvae, varying in conspicuousness, was estimated in natural bird communities over an entire season.

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