Alexander Burton

Burton - Alexander BurtonFor my Masters, I am researching ant mimicry in the little-known leafhopper species Eurymela rubrolimbata. This leafhopper is unique as it not only gains protection from predators by resembling the ant species Dolichoderus clarki, but also through a mutualistic relationship with the ants in which a food resource is provided in return for protection. This combination of ant-based defence tactics has not been documented in any other species making E. rubrolimbata an exciting model for furthering our understanding of the factors that can lead to the development of such defence strategies.