Food availability controls the onset of metamorphosis in the dung beetle Onthophagus taurus ( Coleoptera : Scarabaeidae )

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  title={Food availability controls the onset of metamorphosis in the dung beetle Onthophagus taurus ( Coleoptera : Scarabaeidae )},
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  year={2001}
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  • Published 2001
In nature, larvae of the dung beetle Onthophagus taurus (Schreber 1759) are confronted with signi®cant variation in the availability of food without the option of locating new resources. Here we explore how variation in feeding conditions during the ®nal larval instar affects larval growth and the timing of pupation. We found that larvae respond to food deprivation with a reduction in the length of the instar and premature pupation, leading to the early eclosion of a small adult. To achieve… CONTINUE READING
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