Maternal death relaxes developmental inhibition in nymphal aphid defenders
This field experiment with Pemphigus obesinymphae, a North American gall–forming aphid with defensive first–instar nymphs, tests whether first–stadium duration is influenced by the death of the colony's fundatrix (mother), and adds a new layer of complexity to the understanding of social aphid systems.
A Behavioral Mechanism for Incorporating an Unpalatable Food in the Diet of a Generalist Herbivore (Orthoptera: Acrididae)
A tendency to feed on novel food types may be a proximate mechanism for the incorporation of relatively unpalatable, but nutritionally valuable foods into the diet of a generalist grasshopper.
Evolutionary genetics of gall-forming aphids: Population and behavioral processes
- D. Abbot
The Effect of the Podapolipid Mite Chrysornelobia labidornerae on the Sexual and Social Behaviour of its Host, the Milkweed Leaf Beetle (Labidornera clivicollis)
- D. Abbot
Parasitism by C labidomerae induces a change in male behaviour towards other males in a manner which increases parasite transmission opportunities without inducing an avoidance response in unparasitized hosts, the first evidence that a sexually-transmitted parasite directly modifies the sexual behaviour of its host.