Insect Learning

pp 195-218

Learning and Behavioral Ecology: Incomplete Information and Environmental Predictability

  • David W. Stephens

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When a foraging notonecif bug extracts the juices from a prey item, it will, at some point, stop extracting and begin to search for another prey item. Behavioral ecologists have found that predators, like my hypothetical notonectid, will extract a high proportion of the available resources from a given prey, taking a long time to do it, when prey are scarce, but the same predator will extract less and give up more quickly if prey are abundant.