Male-size-related courtship success and intersexual selection in the tobacco moth, Ephestia elutella

P. L. Phelan, T. C. Baker

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Abstract

In Ephestia elutella males, mating success is positively correlated with size. Experimental manipulation of males demonstrated that this is due to females actively discriminating against small males, the first direct evidence for female mate-choice in moths. Furthermore, this female preference is associated with increased fitness in that, by mating with larger males, females are more likely both to produce larger offspring and to increase their fecundity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1291-1293
Number of pages3
JournalExperientia
Volume42
Issue number11-12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology

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