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Survival of Refrigerated Tatochila Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) as an Indicator of Male Nutrient Investment in Reproduction

Arthur M. Shapiro
Oecologia
Vol. 53, No. 1 (1982), pp. 139-140
Published by: Springer in cooperation with International Association for Ecology
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4216661
Page Count: 2
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Abstract

Tatochila butterflies show prolonged survival in cold (2° C) storage. Mating significantly reduces survival in males, suggesting that nutrients may be directed into spermatophores or maintenance under storage conditions; this provides a potential index of male nutrient investment in reproduction.

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