myrmecophile

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myrmecophile

[mər′mek·ə‚fīl]
(ecology)
An organism, usually a beetle, that habitually inhabits the nest of ants.
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Call production by myrmecophilous riodinid and lycaenid butterfly caterpillars (Lepidoptera): morphological, acoustical, functional, and evolutionary patterns.
Biology of immature Eurybia elvina (Lepidoptera: Riodinidae), a myrmecophilous metalmark butterfly.
Lack of compensation by final instar larvae of the myrmecophilous lycaenid butterfly, Jalmenus evagoras, for the loss of nutrients to ants.
Nutrient composition of larval nectar secretions from three species of myrmecophilous butterflies.
Host-ant trail following by myrmecophilous larvae of Liphyrinae (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae).
Ants benefit from attending facultatively myrmecophilous Lycaenidae caterpillars-Evidence from a survival study.
It may be that immature flies develop in the ant refuse pile like many other myrmecophilous phorids of Metopina-group genera (Rettenmeyer & Akre 1968; Miller 1984) or outside of the ant colony, but further studies are needed.