Take-off flight performance in the butterfly Pararge aegeria relative to sex and morphology: a quantitative genetic assessment.

@article{Berwaerts2008TakeoffFP,
  title={Take-off flight performance in the butterfly Pararge aegeria relative to sex and morphology: a quantitative genetic assessment.},
  author={Koen Berwaerts and Erik Matthysen and Hans Van Dyck},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2008},
  volume={62 10},
  pages={2525-33}
}
Adult fitness components may strongly depend on variation in locomotory performance such as flight; this variation can be sex specific. Fast take-off to intercept females and competing males is an essential behavioral component of the territorial perching behavior in male speckled wood butterflies (Pararge aegeria L.). Females on the other hand avoid frequent take-offs particularly under suboptimal temperatures, typically showing fewer but longer flights than males. We estimated the… CONTINUE READING
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