Leaving home: predation and the dispersal of larvae from the maternal burrow of Bledius spectabilis, a subsocial intertidal beetle

@article{Wyatt1989LeavingHP,
  title={Leaving home: predation and the dispersal of larvae from the maternal burrow of Bledius spectabilis, a subsocial intertidal beetle},
  author={T. Wyatt and W. Foster},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1989},
  volume={38},
  pages={778-785}
}
  • T. Wyatt, W. Foster
  • Published 1989
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Females of the intertidal subsocial beetle, Bledius spectabilis Kraatz (Staphylinidae), look after their eggs and young larvae in burrows in saltmarsh mud. Field observations showed that the beetle larvae disperse from the maternal burrow wowards the end of the first instar. The dispersing larvae belonged to a restricted age-group and dispersed only once, at night (between 2200 and 0400 hours). They moved rapidly on the surface of the saltmarsh soil in search of cracks and holes in which to… CONTINUE READING
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