Mothers modify eggs into shields to protect offspring from parasitism.

@article{Deas2012MothersME,
  title={Mothers modify eggs into shields to protect offspring from parasitism.},
  author={Joseph B. Deas and Martha Hunter},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2012},
  volume={279 1730},
  pages={847-53}
}
Eggs are an immobile, vulnerable stage of development and their success often depends on the oviposition decisions of the mother. Studies show that female animals, and sometimes males, may invest parental resources in order to increase the survival of their offspring. Here, we describe a unique form of parental investment in offspring survival. The seed beetle Mimosestes amicus may lay eggs singly, or may cover eggs with additional egg(s). This egg stacking serves to significantly reduce the… CONTINUE READING

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