Simulation of movement and egglaying inDanaus plexippus (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae)

  • Myron P. Zalucki


A model simulating the movement and oviposition of monarch butterflies over a female's life time is presented. The model's predictions compare favourably with observed data and suggest that females who lay eggs in an optimal fashion should have low directionalities in areas with high host plant density (patches and single plants) and high directionalities in areas with low host plant density. The model also provides one means of combining individual animal processes and spatial heterogeneity into population dynamics.


Patch Size Single Plant Inclusive Fitness High Density Area Monarch Butterfly 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Myron P. Zalucki
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyUniversity of QueenslandSt LuciaAustrala

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