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On the Wings of Checkerspots

Edited By: PR Ehrlich and I Hanski

371 pages, Col photos, b/w photos, figs, tabs, maps

Oxford University Press USA

Hardback | Mar 2004 | #138857 | ISBN: 019515827X
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Reports on the major long-term research on the population biology of checkerspot butterflies by Hanski, the leading thinker and worker on metapopulation ecology and Ehrlich, one of the leading ecologists/conservation biologists.

"Checkerspot butterflies are rightly celebrated in this book as important model organisms for applied conservation, as well as for our basic understanding in population biology. This is a very nicely edited and professionally produced book that is an important and useful review of checkerspot work over the past 40 years." -- TRENDS in Ecology and Evolution
"To cite the editors' ultimate purpose, the major intellectual challenge of population biology "is understanding the functioning of natural populations - how they are distributed and structured, how and why their sizes change, and how they evolove." In many respects, the book offers basic insights into the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of insect populations generally, not just of checkerspots, and thus forms a classic of modern biology." -- Nature
"The book is well written, well produced, and error free... Overall, this is an excellent book, even for those that do not have a strong interest in population dynamics. Th


Personal Prefaces; 1. Checkerspot Research: Background and Origins; 2. Introducing Checkerspots: Taxonomy and Research; 3. Structure and Dynamics of Euphydryas edith Populations; 4. Structure and Dynamics of Melitea cinxia Metapopulations; 5. Checkerspot Reproductive Biology; 6. Oviposition Preference: Its Measurement, its Correlates and its Importance in the Life of Checkerspots; 7. Larval Biology of Checkerspots; 8. Natural Enemies of Checkerspots; 9. Dispersal Behavior and Evolutionary Metapopulation Dynamics; 10. Genetics of Checkerspot Populations; 11. Bay Checkerspot and Glanville Fritillary Compared with Other Species; 12. Checkerspots as a Model System in Population Biology; 13. Checkerspots and Conservation Biology; 14. What have we Learned?; 15. Afterword: A Look to the Future; Acknowledgements

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