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Male mating history and female fecundity in the Lepidoptera: do male virgins make better partners?

Torres-Vila, Luis; Jennions, Michael

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In insects, large ejaculate and associated materials, including spermatophores, appear to have evolved via sexual selection acting on males to either delay female remating or to increase the rate of egg-laying. It is also possible, however, that females use nutrients transferred during mating to increase their lifetime fecundity. If so, male ejaculate size may also have evolved under natural selection as a form of paternal investment. In Lepidoptera, males with a greater number of prior matings...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/88666
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-004-0857-7

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