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Effects of Intraspecific Competition and Host-Parasitoid Developmental Timing on Foraging Behaviour of a Parasitoid Wasp.
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PMID:  24707075     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In a context where hosts are distributed in patches and susceptible to parasitism for a limited time, female parasitoids foraging for hosts might experience intraspecific competition. We investigated the effects of host and parasitoid developmental stage and intraspecific competition among foraging females on host-searching behaviour in the parasitoid wasp Hyposoter horticola. We found that H. horticola females have a pre-reproductive adult stage during which their eggs are not mature yet and they forage very little for hosts. The wasps foraged for hosts more once they were mature. Behavioural experiments showed that wasps' foraging activity also increased as host eggs aged and became susceptible to parasitism, and as competition among foraging wasps increased.
Christelle Couchoux; Saskya van Nouhuys
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-10-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of insect behavior     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0892-7553     ISO Abbreviation:  J Insect Behav     Publication Date:  2014  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-4-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9303873     Medline TA:  J Insect Behav     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  283-301     Citation Subset:  -    
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