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Host selection in phytophagous insects: a new explanation for learning in adults

Abstract:

Insect learning can change the preferences an egg laying female displays towards different host plant species. Current hypotheses propose that learning may be advantageous in adult host selection behaviour through improved recognition, accuracy or selectivity in foraging. In this paper, we present a hypothesis for when learning can be advantageous without such improvements in adult host foraging. Specifically, that learning can be an advantageous strategy for egg laying females when larvae mu...

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Journal:
OIKOS
Volume:
95
Issue:
3
Pages:
537-543
Publication date:
2001-12-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1600-0706
ISSN:
0030-1299
URN:
uuid:ca1af3f7-f3e4-4d27-927a-f906461221d2
Source identifiers:
312380
Local pid:
pubs:312380
Language:
English

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