Oecologia

, Volume 50, Issue 2, pp 225–230

Individual variation in oviposition preference in the butterfly, Colias eurytheme

  • Bruce E. Tabashnik
  • Heather Wheelock
  • John D. Rainbolt
  • Ward B. Watt
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00348042

Cite this article as:
Tabashnik, B.E., Wheelock, H., Rainbolt, J.D. et al. Oecologia (1981) 50: 225. doi:10.1007/BF00348042

Summary

We examined intra-population variation in oviposition preference in the pierid butterfly, Colias eurytheme. Females' preferences were tested in the laboratory, using two-way choice tests between the potential hosts, alfalfa and vetch. There were consistent differences in oviposition preference among females within a population. Larval and adult experience had little or no effect on females' preference. These results suggest that the intra-population variation in oviposition preference is genetically based, but the results of experiments designed to estimate the heritability of oviposition preference were not conclusive. We suggest that intra-population variation in host selection characters may play a key role in shifts to new host plants.

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce E. Tabashnik
    • 1
  • Heather Wheelock
    • 1
  • John D. Rainbolt
    • 1
  • Ward B. Watt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Pesticide Research CenterMichigan State UniversityE. LansingUSA