The Science of Nature

, Volume 85, Issue 11, pp 551–552

Changes in Age-Related Reproductive Tactics in the Female of the Butterfly, Eurema hecabe

  • Masato Hiroki
  • Yoshiaki Obara
  • Yoshiomi Kato
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DOI: 10.1007/s001140050548

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Hiroki, M., Obara, Y. & Kato, Y. Sci Nat (1998) 85: 551. doi:10.1007/s001140050548

Abstract.

The occurrence of mate solicitation by virgin females was investigated in the butterfly Euremahecabe. Young (1-day-old) virgin females rarely showed mate solicitation to male model, however, old (at least 6-day-old) virgin females frequently showed such flight. The duration of solicitation was significantly longer in older females than in younger ones. The age-related behavioral change occurs with female oogenesis (Hiroki and Kato 1996), and such behavior may thus be a result of female adaptation to maximize their fecundity.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masato Hiroki
    • 1
  • Yoshiaki Obara
    • 1
  • Yoshiomi Kato
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Ethology, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Fuchu, Tokyo 183-8509, JapanJapan
  2. 2.Department of Biology, International Christian University, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8585, JapanJapan

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