Proceedings in Life Sciences

Insect Life History Patterns

Habitat and Geographic Variation

Editors: Denno, R. F., Dingle, Hugh (Eds.)

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This volume results from a symposium entitled "Species and Ufe History Patterns: Geographic and Habitat Variation", held during the National Meeting of the Entomo­ logical Society of America in Denver, Colorado, USA in November, 1979. The stimu­ lus to assemble papers on this theme emerged from continuing discussions with col­ leagues concerning controversies in ecology and evolutionary biology, namely those associated with plant-herbivore interactions, life history theory, and the equilibrium status of communities. The study organisms used in this series of reports are all either herbivorous insects or those intimately associated with plants. In this volume we stress the variation found in life history traits and address some of the problems inherent in current life history theory. We include as life history traits not only traditional variables such as fecundity, size of young, and age to first and peak reproduction, but also diapause and migration, traits that synchronize reproduction with favorable plant resources. Because life history traits of phytophagous insects are influenced in part by spatial and temporal variation in the quality and availability of their host plants, we also consider the role that dis­ continuities in plant quality play in reducing insect fitness. Lastly, much of the tra­ ditional life history theory concerns itself with differences between the evolution of traits or constellations of traits when populations incur primarily density-independent, compared to density-dependent, mortality. Consequently, we address this issue and attempt to shed light on the equilibrium status of several phytophagous insect com­ munities.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Considerations for the Development of a More General Life History Theory

    Pages 1-6

    Denno, Robert F. (et al.)

  • Individual Trees as Heterogeneous Environments: Adaptation to Herbivory or Epigenetic Noise?

    Pages 9-27

    Whitham, Thomas G.

  • Responses of Black Pineleaf Scales to Host Plant Variability

    Pages 29-38

    Edmunds, George F., Jr. (et al.)

  • The Role of Host Plants in the Speciation of Treehoppers: An example from the

    Pages 39-54

    Wood, Thomas K. (et al.)

  • Geographic Variation and Behavioral Flexibility in Milkweed Bug Life Histories

    Pages 57-73

    Dingle, Hugh

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Insect Life History Patterns
Book Subtitle
Habitat and Geographic Variation
Editors
  • R. F. Denno
  • Hugh Dingle
Series Title
Proceedings in Life Sciences
Copyright
1981
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4612-5941-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4612-5941-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4612-5943-5
Series ISSN
0172-6625
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
225
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