oa African Entomology - Water replenishment following reflex bleeding in the blister beetieDecapotoma lunata Pallas (Coleoptera: Meloidae)
When defensive bleeding was induced by handling adults of Decapotoma lunata Pallas (Coleoptera: Meloidae), beetles lost a mean of 7.4 % body mass. Previously unresponsive to water, they then drank sufficient water to replace 60 % of the mass loss due to reflex bleeding. Water loss should not be ignored when considering the cost of defence in insects.
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