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Tiger Moths and Woolly Bears: Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution of the Arctiidae

Edited By: William E Conner

303 pages, 18 black and white and 21 colour illustrations

Oxford University Press USA

Hardback | Nov 2008 | #177353 | ISBN-13: 9780195327373
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About this book

Moths of the family Arctiidae, with their brilliant coloration, spectacular courtship rituals, and bizarre defenses, are wonders of the natural world. Unpalatable by virtue of secondary chemicals acquired from their hostplants, these moths advertise their defenses by their coloration and often mimic butterflies, wasps, bees, stinkbugs, and even cockroaches. They have ears with which they hear the echolocation of bats, and some answer with aposematic warnings, while some may jam the bats' sonar.

This book, the first written on this fascinating group, documents how tiger moths and woolly bears-the adults and larvae of the Arctiidae-flourish in a world rife with predators, parasites, and competitors. The contributing authors' accounts, each written by a recognized expert in the field, weave together seminal studies on phylogeny and behavior, natural history, chemical communication, mate choice and sexual selection, chemical ecology, parasite-host relationships, self medication, animal orientation, predator-prey interactions, mimicry, adaptive coloration, speciation, biodiversity, and more.


Foreword; Preface and Acknowledgments; List of Contributions; 1. Uthetheisa ornatrix, the Ornate Arctiid; 2. Evolution and Taxonomic Confusion in Arctiidae; 3. The Immature Stages: Structure, Function, Behavior, and Ecology; 4. Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids: The Successful Adoption of a Plant Chemical Defense; 5. Chemical Defense in Woolly Bears: Sequestration and Efficacy against Predators and Parasitoids; 6. Specialized Generalists: Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology of Polyphagous Woolly Bear Caterpillars; 7. Adaptive Coloration and Mimicry; 8. The Scent of a Female: Sex Pheromones of Female Tiger Moths; 9. Alkaloid Derived Male Courtship Pheromones; 10. From Armaments to Ornaments: The Relationship between Chemical Defense and Sex in Tiger Moths; 11. Caterpillar Talk; 12. Sound Strategies: Acoustic Aposematism, Startle, and Sonar Jamming; 13. Acoustic Courtship in the Arctiidae; 14. Darwin's Moth: Utetheisa in the Galapagos Islands; 15. Patterns of Arctiid Diversity; 16. Sample Species Illustrating Diversity within the Arctiidae; Glossary; Bibliography

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