Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life (14th Edition)

Published by Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
ISBN 10: 1305073959
ISBN 13: 978-1-30507-395-1

Chapter 43 - Self-Quiz - Page 779: 14



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With behavioral plasticity, an animal's behavior changes because of environmental factors. For example, when woolly bear caterpillars are preyed on by fly larvae, the caterpillars tend to eat foods rich in alkaloids when, normally, they avoid these types of foods. The foods rich in alkaloids are harmful to the caterpillars, but the foods are even more devastating to the parasitic fly larvae because alkaloids are toxic to the fly larvae.
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