Experimental Studies of Condition Dependence in Insect Sexual Traits

We surveyed the published literature of experiments using controlled variation of environmental or genetic factors to investigate condition-dependent expression of sexual traits in insects. Johnstone (1995) was used to obtain references for literature published prior to 1995, and we searched an electronic database (Web of Science http wos.mimas.ac.uk) for relevant recent articles. We also consulted the reference lists of these papers to identify additional studies. Although not exhaustive, the...

Sperm number

Theory predicts that an increased number of sperm is advantageous in sperm competition, either because a larger ejaculate volume displaces more rival sperm or due to numerical superiority. In general, sperm competition favouring numerous sperm may have led to the evolution of many tiny sperm and may even be responsible for the evolution of the two sexes (Parker et al., 1972 Bulmer and Parker, 2002). Comparative data in numerous animal groups have corroborated this finding. Males invest more...

References

Alcock, J. (1994) Post-insemination associations between males and females in insects the mate-guarding hypothesis. Annual Review of Entomology 39, 1-21. Andersson, J., Borg-Karlson, A.-K. and Wiklund, C. (2000) Sexual cooperation and conflict in butterflies a male-transferred anti-aphrodisiac reduces harassment of recently mated females. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 267, 1271-1275. Andersson, J., Borg-Karlson, A.-K. and Wiklund, C. (2003) Antiaphrodisiacs in pierid...

Lifehistory Patterns and Plasticity

Life-history traits can be defined as those that quantitatively describe the life cycles of organisms, notably juvenile development time, size at sexual maturity, egg weight, clutch size and lifespan (Nylin, 2001). A common feature in the studies reported in the previous section is that much of the variation in larval development time is achieved by plasticity in larval growth rates, rather than by variation in final pupal or adult weight, the trade-off often assumed in life-history theory...