Changes in Age-Related Reproductive Tactics in the Female of the Butterfly, Eurema hecabe
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- Hiroki, M., Obara, Y. & Kato, Y. Sci Nat (1998) 85: 551. doi:10.1007/s001140050548
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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.