Journal article

Socially cued anticipatory adjustment of female signalling effort in a moth

Hieu T Pham, Kathryn B McNamara, Mark A Elgar

Biology Letters | The Royal Society Publishing | Published : 2020


Juvenile population density has profound effects on subsequent adult development, morphology and reproductive investment. Yet, little is known about how the juvenile social environment affects adult investment into chemical sexual signalling. Male gumleaf skeletonizer moths, Uraba lugens, facultatively increase investment into antennae (pheromone receiving structures) when reared at low juvenile population densities, but whether there is comparable adjustment by females into pheromone investment is not known. We investigate how juvenile population density influences the ‘calling' (pheromone-releasing) behaviour of females and the attractiveness of their pheromones. Female U. lugens adjust th..

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Awarded by Holsworth Wildlife Endowment Fund

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the Holsworth Wildlife Endowment Fund (160100097) and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia Awards Scholarships) to H.T.P., and the Australian Research Council (DECRA Award DE160100097) to K.B.M.