A general model for host plant selection in phytophagous insects

West, S. A. and Cunningham, J. P. (2002) A general model for host plant selection in phytophagous insects. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 214 3: 499-513. doi:10.1006/jtbi.2001.2475

Author West, S. A.
Cunningham, J. P.
Title A general model for host plant selection in phytophagous insects
Journal name Journal of Theoretical Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-5193
Publication date 2002-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1006/jtbi.2001.2475
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 214
Issue 3
Start page 499
End page 513
Total pages 15
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Academic Press Ltd
Language eng
Subject C1
270707 Sociobiology and Behavioural Ecology
620501 Field crops
Abstract We develop a general theoretical framework for exploring the host plant selection behaviour of herbivorous insects. This model can be used to address a number of questions, including the evolution of specialists, generalists, preference hierarchies, and learning. We use our model to: (i) demonstrate the consequences of the extent to which the reproductive success of a foraging female is limited by the rate at which they find host plants (host limitation) or the number of eggs they carry (egg limitation); (ii) emphasize the different consequences of variation in behaviour before and after landing on (locating) a host (termed pre- and post-alighting, respectively); (iii) show that, in contrast to previous predictions, learning can be favoured in post-alighting behaviour-in particular, individuals can be selected to concentrate oviposition on an abundant low-quality host, whilst ignoring a rare higher-quality host; (iv) emphasize the importance of interactions between mechanisms in favouring specialization or learning. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd.
Keyword Biology
Egg Limitation
Oviposition Preference
Evolutionary Argument
Sex Allocation
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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