Diet quality affects warning coloration indirectly: excretion costs in a generalist herbivore.

@article{Lindstedt2010DietQA,
  title={Diet quality affects warning coloration indirectly: excretion costs in a generalist herbivore.},
  author={Carita Lindstedt and Joanneke Hendrika Reudler Talsma and Eira Ihalainen and Leena Lindstr{\"o}m and Johanna Mappes},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2010},
  volume={64 1},
  pages={68-78}
}
Aposematic herbivores are under selection pressure from their host plants and predators. Although many aposematic herbivores exploit plant toxins in their own secondary defense, dealing with these harmful compounds might underlay costs. We studied whether the allocation of energy to detoxification and/or sequestration of host plant defense chemicals trades off with warning signal expression. We used a generalist aposematic herbivore Parasemia plantaginis (Arctiidae), whose adults and larvae… CONTINUE READING