Host plant-based territoriality in the white peacock butterfly,Anartia jatrophae (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae)

  title={Host plant-based territoriality in the white peacock butterfly,Anartia jatrophae (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae)},
  author={Robert C. Lederhouse and Sylvio G. Codella and David W. Grossmueller and Alan D. Maccarone},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
Mate locating behavior of Anartia jatrophaewas studied near Ochopee, Collier County, Florida. Males were individually marked, and focal animal samples were used to determine activity, residency, and interactions with other butterflies. We recaptured more than half of 53 marked males within the study area on subsequent days. Marked males restricted non-feeding activity to roughly circular areas typically less than 15 m in diameter. Males showed considerable site fidelity and chased both… 

Investigating the Consistency of Mate-Locating Behavior in the Territorial Butterfly Hypolimnas bolina (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae)

  • D. Kemp
  • Biology
    Journal of Insect Behavior
  • 2004
Investigating mate locating behavior in Hypolimnas bolina, a territorial species that is naturally subject to variation in population density and weather conditions, shows that perching in this species is not a suboptimal tactic employed when temperatures constrain flight activity but may represent the best method of locating receptive females.

On the consequences of aggressive male mate-locating behaviour and micro-climate for female host plant use in the butterfly Lycaena hippothoe

Using test choice in experimental cages, it is shown that, in the absence of males, only micro-climatic conditions may significantly influencing egg-laying decisions, and results of egg-rearing experiments under different temperature treatments suggested that eggs were laid in thermally suitable micro-environments.

Seasonal effects of density on territory occupation by males of the satyrine butterfly Paryphthimoides phronius (Butler 1867)

Analyzing the annual dynamics of territory occupation by males of the satyrine butterfly Paryphthimoides phronius at a mildly seasonal subtropical site in southeastern Brazil concludes that, instead of increasing the number of individuals disputing the same territory during months of high population abundance, males apparently opt to colonize and defend new and, maybe, suboptimal areas.

Possible Causes of Variation in Territory Tenure in a Lekking Pompilid Wasp (Hemipepsis ustulata) (Hymenoptera)

  • J. Alcock
  • Environmental Science
    Journal of Insect Behavior
  • 2004
Although larger males were more likely to become territorial residents at the top-ranked sites, the duration of tenure at these locations was not positively correlated with body size, and an alternative hypothesis is that variation in male resource holding power, as reflected in male size or wing condition, contributes to differences in territorial tenure.

Mating success of resident versus non-resident males in a territorial butterfly

It is hypothesize that the proximate advantage of territory ownership is that light conditions in a large sunspot greatly increase the male's ability to detect and intercept passing receptive females.

Observations on the territoriality of male Arhopala aurea, a lycaenid butterfly of the rainforest understorey

It is shown that A. aurea males defend small openings in the forest understorey for about an hour daily in the late afternoon, whereas competition for good territories is high, whereas it is not clear what resource is actually defended.

Local adaptation of Ruellia nudiflora (Acanthaceae) to biotic counterparts: complex scenarios revealed when two herbivore guilds are considered

Differences in the potential each herbivore guild has to promote plant LA are discussed, as well as divergent evolutionary outcomes of plant–herbivore interactions across sites.

Complex Non-Aerial Contests in the Lekking Butterfly Charis cadytis (Riodinidae)

Focal-method observations on marked Charis cadytis in SE Brazil revealed an unusual lek organization in which contest males disputed small core areas, whereas non-combative satellite males perched just outside their borders.



Territorial defense and lek behavior of the black swallowtail butterfly, Papilio polyxenes

The mating system of the black swallowtail butterfly, Papilio polyxenes, was studied near Brooktondale, Tompkins County, New York, USA and territorial defense reduced interference from conspecific males during courtship.

Territoriality by hilltopping males of the great purple hairstreak, Atlides halesus (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae): convergent evolution with a pompilid wasp

  • J. Alcock
  • Biology
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • 2004
Males of the lycaenid butterfly Atlides halesus regularly perched in certain portions of particular palo verdes growing on ridgetops in southern Arizona and launched defensive flights that repelled conspecific males from their territories.

The influence of temperature on the territorial and mate locating behaviour of the small heath butterfly, Coenonympha pamphilus (L.) (Lepidoptera: Satyridae)

Individual Coenonympha pamphilus males shifted mate locating behaviour depending on temperature, resulting in a high proportion of potential territories being occupied by stationary males and in long interactions between males in teritories.

Mate-locating behavior of butterflies

  • J. Scott
  • Environmental Science, Biology
  • 1974
Mate-locatinz behavior was studied in 11 species of Papilionoidea and Hesperioidea, finding that perching males use movement in the initial approach to a potential female, but patrolling males use color more, and some females are found by the use of female pheromone when a patrolling male approaches within a few meters of the female.

The Evolution of Male Mate-Locating Behavior in Butterflies

  • R. Rutowski
  • Environmental Science, Biology
    The American Naturalist
  • 1991
The ecological correlates of the behavior of males at encounter sites are examined with respect to site tenacity, time of day when encounter Sites are visited, the occurrence of site defense, and the behavior when waiting (perch or fly).

Hilltopping in the nymphalid butterfly Chlosyne californica (Lepidoptera)

During a 2-month spring flight season, males of the butterfly Chlosyne californica perch in and defend open areas of ca. 5-10 m2 near prominent palo verdes on ridgetops in the Sonoran Desert. Some