Reproductive benefits of infanticide in a biparental burying beetle Nicrophorus orbicollis

@article{Trumbo2004ReproductiveBO,
  title={Reproductive benefits of infanticide in a biparental burying beetle Nicrophorus orbicollis},
  author={Stephen T. Trumbo},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={27},
  pages={269-273}
}
Single females and pairs of Nicrophorus orbicollis Say were established as residents on carcasses to investigate interactions with intruders under natural conditions. When carcasses were exhumed 10–12 days later, one or more intruders were found on 19% of nests. Intruders expelled one or both of the residents and sometimes paired with a resident or another intruder of the opposite sex. An intruder tended to be larger than the same-sex adult it replaced on a carcass. A male intruder that joined… CONTINUE READING
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