Multiple benefits of gregariousness cover detectability costs in aposematic aggregations

@article{Riipi2001MultipleBO,
  title={Multiple benefits of gregariousness cover detectability costs in aposematic aggregations},
  author={Marianna Riipi and Rauno V. Alatalo and Leena Lindstr{\"o}m and Johanna Mappes},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2001},
  volume={413},
  pages={512-514}
}
Understanding the early evolution of aposematic (warning) coloration has been a challenge for scientists, as a new conspicuous morph in a population of cryptic insects would have a high predation risk and would probably die out before local predators learnt to avoid it. Fisher presented the idea of aggregation benefit through the survival of related individuals; however, his theory has been strongly debated as the mechanisms that favour grouping have never been explored experimentally with the… CONTINUE READING