Feeding, Growth, and the Thermal Environment of Cabbage White Caterpillars, Pieris rapae L.

  title={Feeding, Growth, and the Thermal Environment of Cabbage White Caterpillars, Pieris rapae L.},
  author={Joel G. Kingsolver},
  journal={Physiological and Biochemical Zoology},
  pages={621 - 628}
  • J. Kingsolver
  • Published 1 September 2000
  • Environmental Science
  • Physiological and Biochemical Zoology
Laboratory studies of temperature effects on short‐term feeding and growth rates were combined with field data on thermal environments to explore the consequences of temperature variation for growth of caterpillars of the cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae. Mean short‐term (24‐h) consumption and growth rates of fourth‐instar P. rapae feeding on collard leaves increased continuously with increasing temperatures between 10° and 35°C, peaked at 35°C, and declined rapidly with temperatures above… 

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