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Insect evolutionary ecology: Proceedings of the Royal Entomological Society's 22nd Symposium, Reading, UK, 2003.

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Chapter 9 (Page no: 231)

The evolution of imperfect mimicry.

This paper discusses the basic ideas of mimicry theory, and illustrates how they fail to account for the commonly imperfectly mimetic patterns of the main taxonomic group in the Holarctic that contains mimics, the hoverflies (Diptera, Syrphidae). New theories, i.e. multiple model theory [see Behavioral Ecology (2002) 13(6), 821-826], of imperfect mimicry that have been put forward largely to account for the evolution of the colour patterns are also discussed.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Genetics, relatedness and social behaviour in insect societies. Author(s): Bourke, A. F. G.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 31) Do insect sexual ornaments demonstrate heightened condition dependence? Author(s): Cotton, S. Pomiankowski, A.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 49) Sperm competition in butterflies and moths. Author(s): Wedell, N.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 83) Alternative mating tactics and fatal fighting in male fig wasps. Author(s): Cook, J. M.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 111) Seasonal plasticity, host plants, and the origin of butterfly biodiversity. Author(s): Nylin, S. Gotthard, K. Nygren, G. H.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 139) Life histories and parasite pressure across the major groups of social insects. Author(s): Boomsma, J. J. Schmid-Hempel, P. Hughes, W. O. H.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 177) Cascading effects of plant genetic variation on herbivore communities. Author(s): Fritz, R. S. Hochwender, C. G.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 205) The role of parasites of insect reproduction in the diversification of insect reproductive processes. Author(s): Hurst, G. D. D. Webberley, K. M. Knell, R.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 289) Evolutionary ecology of insect host-parasite interactions: an ecological immunology perspective. Author(s): Wilson, K.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 347) Adaptive plasticity in response to predators in dragonfly larvae and other aquatic insects. Author(s): Johansson, F. Stoks, R.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 371) The peppered moth: decline of a Darwinian disciple. Author(s): Majerus, M. E. N.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 397) Insecticide resistance in the mosquito Culex pipiens: towards an understanding of the evolution of ace genes. Author(s): Weill, M. Labbe, P. Duron, O. Pasteur, N. Fort, P. Raymond, M.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 409) Molecular and ecological differentiation of species and species interactions across large geographic regions: California and the Pacific Northwest. Author(s): Thompson, J. N. Calsbeek, R.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 427) The genetic basis of speciation in a grasshopper hybrid zone. Author(s): Shuker, D. M. King, T. M. Bella, J. L. Butlin, R. K.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 455) Assortative mating and speciation as pleiotropic effects of ecological adaptation: examples in moths and butterflies. Author(s): Jiggins, C. D. Emelianov, I. Mallet, J.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 479) Specializations and host associations of social parasites of ants. Author(s): Thomas, J. A. Schönrogge, K. Elmes, G. W.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 519) Evolutionary changes in expanding butterfly populations. Author(s): Hill, J. K. Dytham, C. Hughes, C. L.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • School of Biology, Nottingham University, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2005
  • ISBN
  • 9780851998121
  • Record Number
  • 20053170004