Courtship feeding in katydids benefits the mating male's offspring

@article{Gwynne2004CourtshipFI,
  title={Courtship feeding in katydids benefits the mating male's offspring},
  author={Darryl T. Gwynne},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={23},
  pages={373-377}
}
  • D. Gwynne
  • Published 1 December 1988
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
SummaryFor species exhibiting courtship feeding it is typically argued that the food gift presented by males is a sexually-selected trait in serving to acquire fertilizations. An alternative hypothesis is that the trait is maintained by natural selection for parental investment in which the fitness of the mating male's offspring is increased. Here I argue that the spermatophylax, a nutritious part of the spermatophore provided to female katydids, Requena verticalis, functions mainly as parental… Expand

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