The wing-waving display of Eurema daira males (Lepidoptera: Pieridae): Its structure and role in successful courtship

Ronald L. Rutowski

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Abstract

Males of the barred sulphur, Eurema daira, perform a unique 'wing-waving' display in courtship. This display and its significance are described in detail from motion picture records of successful and unsuccessful courtships. Wing-waving is done in bouts and is a requisite part of successful courtship. The display appears to have evolved in response to female choice for males that clearly announce their species identity; there are two other pierid species of very similar size and colour pattern that occur sympatrically with E. daira.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)985-986,IN1,987-989
JournalAnimal Behaviour
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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