Provisioning behavior and the estimation of investment ratios in a solitary bee, Calliopsis (Hypomacrotera) persimilis (Cockerell) (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae)

@article{Danforth2004ProvisioningBA,
  title={Provisioning behavior and the estimation of investment ratios in a solitary bee, Calliopsis (Hypomacrotera) persimilis (Cockerell) (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae)},
  author={Bryan N Danforth},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={27},
  pages={159-168}
}
  • B. Danforth
  • Published 1 September 1990
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
SummaryOne aspect of behavioral ecology that has received considerable attention, especially by students of social insects, is the relative amount of energy invested by parents in the rearing of male versus female offspring. Sexual selection theory makes predictions about how individuals should allocate their total investment in the sexes. To test these predictions we must accurately quantify the relative “cost” incurred by a parent in the production of an average individual of either sex. Body… 
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