Sexually transmitted parasites and sexual selection in the milkweed leaf beetle, Labidomera clivicollis

@inproceedings{Abbot2001SexuallyTP,
  title={Sexually transmitted parasites and sexual selection in the milkweed leaf beetle, Labidomera clivicollis},
  author={Patrick Abbot and Lawrence M. Dill},
  year={2001}
}
Milkweed leaf beetles (MLBs; Labidomera cli6icollis Chrysomelidae) are parasitized by a subelytral mite, Chrysomelobia labidomerae (Tarsonemina: Podapolipidae). We show that C. labidomerae is transmitted between MLBs when they copulate, and can reduce the survival of nutritionally stressed beetles. We investigated the effect of this sexually transmitted parasite on mate choice and male-male competition in MLBs, and the consequences of variation in these behaviours for mite transmission. We… CONTINUE READING

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