Mate Quality Affects Reproductive Effort in a Paternally Investing Species

@article{Wedell1996MateQA,
  title={Mate Quality Affects Reproductive Effort in a Paternally Investing Species},
  author={N. Wedell},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1996},
  volume={148},
  pages={1075 - 1088}
}
  • N. Wedell
  • Published 1996
  • Biology
  • The American Naturalist
Females of many species exercise postcopulatory mate choice by increasing the amount of resources put into reproduction after mating with a preferred male. This phenomenon is termed cryptic female choice in insects and differential allocation in birds. In this study I investigate the possibility that males and females vary their reproductive effort depending on the quality of their mate. Females of the comma butterfly, Polygonia c-album (Nymphalidae) lay their eggs on a range of host plants… Expand
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