Age‐specific maternal effects interact with larval food supply to modulate life history in Coleomegilla maculata

  title={Age‐specific maternal effects interact with larval food supply to modulate life history in Coleomegilla maculata},
  author={Germ{\'a}n Vargas and J. P. Michaud and James R. Nechols and Carlos A. Moreno},
  journal={Ecological Entomology},
Maternal effects can modify progeny phenotypes to improve their survival under variable conditions, such as changes in food supply. In aphidophagous coccinellids, maternal effects can influence egg size, developmental rate, and final adult body size. Four cohorts of Coleomegilla maculata De Geer larvae were reared from four different points in their mothers' reproductive lives (1st, 12th, 24th, and 36th oviposition days) and divided into two diet treatments for rearing; 30‐min daily access to… 

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