Life history traits in a capital breeding pine caterpillar: effect of host species and needle age

  title={Life history traits in a capital breeding pine caterpillar: effect of host species and needle age},
  author={Dan Luo and Meng Lai and Chuanfeng Xu and Haoni Shi and Xingping Liu},
  booktitle={BMC ecology},
BACKGROUND For capital breeding Lepidoptera, larval food quality is a key determinant of their fitness. A series of studies have suggested that the larval host species or varieties dramatically impact their development and reproductive output. However, few studies have reported the role of foliar age and adult mating success has often been ignored in these studies. In this paper, the influence of host species and needle age on larval performances, adult mating behavior and fitness consequences… CONTINUE READING
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