Lack of innate preference for morph and species identity in mate-searching Enallagma damselflies

  title={Lack of innate preference for morph and species identity in mate-searching Enallagma damselflies},
  author={Ola Margaret Fincke and Am{\'e}lie Fargevieille and Tom Schultz},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
Insect mate recognition is often viewed as stereotypic, innate, and species-specific. However, male damselflies can learn to identify female-specific color morphs as potential mates. A suite of male mimicry hypotheses assume that heteromorphic females, which differ from males in color pattern, are more easily recognized as “female” and thus lack the inherent, anti-harassment advantage that the more male-like signal provides for andromorphs. Using two measures of male preference, we investigated… CONTINUE READING
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