Confusion over residency and the escalation of damselfly territorial disputes

  title={Confusion over residency and the escalation of damselfly territorial disputes},
  author={J. K. Waage},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • J. K. Waage
  • Published 1988
  • Psychology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Abstract Territorial contests among male Calopteryx maculata (Odonata) damselflies normally involve one or a few short (4–10s) pursuits of an intruder by the resident. However, in a 3-year sample of 2005 bouts, 18·5% involved escalated, spiralling aerial chases that were significantly longer, some lasting several hours. These escalations usually occurred when two males shared the same territory but were rare in contests with intruders or with neighbouring territorial males. Escalations were… CONTINUE READING
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