Host plant selection by Battus philenor butterflies: Evidence for individual differences in foraging behaviour

Mark D. Rausher, Daniel R Papaj

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Abstract

A previous study reported that individual females of the pipevine swallowtail butterfly, Battus philenor, exhibit different search modes when searching for host plants on which to oviposit. However, an alternative explanation for the results of that study exists: apparent differences in searching behaviour may simply represent differences in the composition of the vegetation over which females fly. The results from the present study rule out this alternative explanation and indicate that apparent differences in search mode reflect underlying differences among females in response to leaf shape.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-347
Number of pages7
JournalAnimal Behaviour
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

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Battus philenor
foraging behavior
butterfly
butterflies
host plant
host plants
foraging
Papilionidae
searching behavior
vegetation
plant selection
leaves

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  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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Host plant selection by Battus philenor butterflies : Evidence for individual differences in foraging behaviour. / Rausher, Mark D.; Papaj, Daniel R.

In: Animal Behaviour, Vol. 31, No. 2, 1983, p. 341-347.

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