Butterfly larvae, or caterpillars, consume plant leaves and spend practically all of their time in search of food. Although most caterpillars are herbivorous, a few species eat other insects. Some larvae form mutual associations with ants. They communicate with the ants using vibrations that are transmitted through the soil as well as using chemical signals. The ants provide some degree of protection to the larvae and they in turn gather honeydew secretions.
1. What do most larvae spend their time doing?
c. Communicating with ants.
d. None of the above
2. Are all caterpillars herbivores?
b. No, some eat insects
3. What benefit do larvae get from association with ants?
a. They do not receive any benefit.
b. Ants give them protection.
c. Ants give them food.
d. Ants give them honeydew secretions.
4. Do ants or larvae benefit most from association?
a. Ants benefit most.
b. Larvae benefit most.
c. Both benefit the same.
d. Neither benefits.
Eating. Larvae spend most of their time in search of food and their food is leaves.
Some caterpillars eat other insects.
From the passage, the ants provide some degree of protection
The association is mutual so they both benefit.