Journal article

Sexual selection on receptor organ traits: younger females attract males with longer antennae

Tamara L Johnson, Matthew RE Symonds, Mark A Elgar

SCIENCE OF NATURE | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2017

Abstract

Sexual selection theory predicts that female choice may favour the evolution of elaborate male signals. Darwin also suggested that sexual selection can favour elaborate receiver structures in order to better detect sexual signals, an idea that has been largely ignored. We evaluated this unorthodox perspective by documenting the antennal lengths of male Uraba lugens Walker (Lepidoptera: Nolidae) moths that were attracted to experimentally manipulated emissions of female sex pheromone. Either one or two females were placed in field traps for the duration of their adult lives in order to create differences in the quantity of pheromone emissions from the traps. The mean antennal length of males ..

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