Adaptive significance of postcopulatory guarding of mates and nonmates by male Calopteryx maculata (Odonata)

@article{Waage2004AdaptiveSO,
  title={Adaptive significance of postcopulatory guarding of mates and nonmates by male Calopteryx maculata (Odonata)},
  author={J. K. Waage},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={6},
  pages={147-154}
}
  • J. K. Waage
  • Published 2004
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Summary1.The postcopulatory behavior of the damselfly Calopteryx maculata (De Beauvois) (Odonata: Calopterygidae) was studied in field populations to determine the adaptive significance of guarding of ovipositing females by males. Of particular interest was an explanation for the guarding of ovipositing nonmates by males. A promiscuous mating system and the large variation in mating success (Table 1) among territorial males indicated that sexual selection may have been a significant factor in… CONTINUE READING
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