Body size and feeding specificity: macrolepidoptera in Britain

  title={Body size and feeding specificity: macrolepidoptera in Britain},
  author={Loder and Gaston and Matthew Warren and Arnold},
  journal={Biological journal of the Linnean Society. Linnean Society of London},
  volume={63 1},
  • Loder, Gaston, +1 author Arnold
  • Published 1998 in
    Biological journal of the Linnean Society…
Within a geographic assemblage, large-bodied species of macrolepidopteran moths tend, on average, to be less host-specific than small-bodied. Five possible explanations for this pattern are identified, based respectively on (i) phylogenetic relationships between species, (ii) latitudinal gradients in body size and feeding specificity, (iii) the relationship between range size and body size, (iv) larger body size as a buffer from environmental variation, and (v) the relationship between… CONTINUE READING
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