Mate choice in the polymorphic African swallowtail butterfly, Papilio dardanus: male-like females may avoid sexual harassment

  title={Mate choice in the polymorphic African swallowtail butterfly, Papilio dardanus: male-like females may avoid sexual harassment},
  author={S. E. Cook and Jennifer G. Vernon and Melissa Bateson and Tim Guilford},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
Abstract Abstract. Papilio dardanus , the African swallowtail butterfly, is a species with a female-limited polymorphism for wing colour pattern. Females of the subspecies P. dardanus tibullus on Pemba Island, Tanzania, occur as three genetically distinct morphs; a black and white Batesian mimic ( hippocoonides ), a black and yellow male-like morph ( trimeni ) and a morph that is similar to trimeni but with orange wing-patches ( lamborni ). Male mate choice was studied by recording the… 

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  • D. McLainA. Pratt
  • Environmental Science, Biology
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • 1999
The laboratory results suggest that copulations following chases and grappling represent sexual harassment, not a mechanism of active female choice for a vigorous mate, as sexual harassment imposes high fitness costs that favor abandonment of host plants, it may, when misdirected, incidentally limit habitat use by ecologically similar species.