Developmental plasticity in sexual roles of butterfly species drives mutual sexual ornamentation.

@article{Prudic2011DevelopmentalPI,
  title={Developmental plasticity in sexual roles of butterfly species drives mutual sexual ornamentation.},
  author={Kathleen L Prudic and Cheonha Jeon and Hui Cao and Ant{\'o}nia Monteiro},
  journal={Science},
  year={2011},
  volume={331 6013},
  pages={
          73-5
        }
}
Current explanations for why sexual ornaments are found in both sexes include genetic correlation, same sex competition, and mutual mate choice. In this study, we report developmental plasticity in mating behavior as induced by temperature during development in the butterfly Bicyclus anynana. Males and females reciprocally change their sexual roles depending on their larval rearing temperatures. This switch is correlated with a change in mating benefits to females and costs to males. The… CONTINUE READING

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