Oxygen consumption of active and inactive adult tiger beetles

MICHAEL L. MAY, DAVID L. PEARSON, TIMOTHY M. CASEY

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Abstract

ABSTRACT. Oxygen consumption (V̇O2) in six species of adult tiger beetles Cicindela spp. (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae) was correlated with body mass and temperature during rest. In beetles forced to run and/or right themselves continuously for 5–10 min at 25°C, V̇O2 was approximately 7–12 times as high as in resting individuals; the difference increased with increasing mass. Resting and active VO2 were similar to previous results for other beetles, although the slope of log V̇O2 on log mass was lower. Detailed analysis suggests the existence of taxonomic and ecological correlates of resting metabolism. The possible ecological implications and adaptive advantages of these results for adult tiger beetles are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-179
Number of pages9
JournalPhysiological Entomology
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1986

Keywords

  • Active metabolism
  • Cicindelidae
  • oxygen consumption
  • rest metabolism
  • tiger beetle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science

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