No effect of male courtship intensity on female remating in the butterfly Pieris napi.
2005 (English)In: Journal of insect behavior, ISSN 0892-7553, Vol. 18, no 4, 479-489 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In Pieris napi, female fitness increases with number of matings, but wild females mate at an unexpectedly low rate. From a sexual conflict perspective this could be because males manipulate female remating, or alternatively, because wild females experience costs associated with remating which are not applicable under laboratory conditions. To get an indication which sex controls remating and/or the different sexes’ relative costs and benefits of remating, we here test whether female mating frequency is affected by male courtship intensity. We found no effect on female mating frequency or lifespan. This indicates that (i) females control remating and their optimal mating frequency is lower compared to males, or (ii) males can manipulate female remating. We argue that both these alternatives may apply simultaneously to P. napiand that they are inseparable.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 18, no 4, 479-489 p.
lepidoptera, pieridae, nuptial gifts, sexual conflict, mating rate
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-24085DOI: 10.1007/s10905-005-5605-XOAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-24085DiVA: diva2:196718
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-662004-03-112004-03-112014-10-13Bibliographically approved