Territorial defence in the speckled wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria): The resident always wins

@article{Davies1978TerritorialDI,
  title={Territorial defence in the speckled wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria): The resident always wins},
  author={Nicholas Barry Davies},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1978},
  volume={26},
  pages={138-147}
}
  • N. Davies
  • Published 1 February 1978
  • Environmental Science
  • Animal Behaviour

Territorial defence in speckled wood butterflies: do the hottest males always win?

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Contest outcome in a territorial butterfly: the role of motivation

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Why Do Males of Parnassius imperator Fight for Bare Rocks but Not the Nectar Flower During Mate Selection

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Habitat preference increases territorial defence in brown trout (Salmo trutta)

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It is concluded that brown trout show individual variation in habitat preference, which appears to be linked with their investment in territorial defence, which suggests that understanding and modelling of animal contests could benefit from considering how territorial defence is influenced by individual habitat preference and specialisation.

Resource-based territoriality in the butterfly Lycaena hippothoe and environmentally induced behavioural shifts

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Mate location behaviour of the butterfly Pararge aegeria in woodland and fragmented landscapes

The effect of morphology and physiology on butterfly territoriality

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Residents had less lipid reserves than intruders suggesting that residents consume more energy during territorial defense, and does not support the idea that superiority of territorial residents in C. smaragdinus is attributable to morphological or physiological traits.

Territorial defense and lek behavior of the black swallowtail butterfly, Papilio polyxenes

TLDR
The mating system of the black swallowtail butterfly, Papilio polyxenes, was studied near Brooktondale, Tompkins County, New York, USA and territorial defense reduced interference from conspecific males during courtship.

Contest behaviour in the speckled wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria): seasonal phenotypic plasticity and the functional significance of flight performance

TLDR
Flight performance is not a strong determinant of resource-holding potential in this notably territorial butterfly, and a positive effect of age upon contest success is found.
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