Carcass Age and Reproductive Costs for Nicrophorus orbicollis (Coleoptera: Silphidae).


The life history costs of living in microbially dense environments can be high. To assess the importance of these costs for natural selection, it is necessary to know how costs vary with environmental conditions. Adult burying beetles prepare vertebrate carcasses of varying age and states of deterioration as a resource for their young. In the present study… (More)