Courtship and Mating in Butterflies

January 2020
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    9th January 2020
  • ISBN 9781789242638
  • Language English
  • Pages 384 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images illus & 242 color photos

This book presents a readable account of butterfly behavior, based on field observations, great photographs and the latest research. The main focus is on courtship and mating - including perching, searching and territorial behavior - but to understand these subjects it is necessary to explain how mates are chosen and this requires sections on wing colors and patterns. A chapter on butterfly vision is also essential in terms of how butterflies see the world and each other. There have been exciting discoveries in all of these fields in recent years, including: butterfly vision (butterfly photoreceptors), wing patterns (molecular biology), wing coloration (structural colors and nano-architecture), mating strategies and female choice (ecology and behavior).

1: Introduction
2: Sexual selection and mate choice
3: Strategies for locating a mate
4: Seeing and being seen
5: Courtship behaviour
6: Body language
7: The Mating Game
8: The inside story
9: Scents – chemical communications
10: Wing colours and iridescence
11: Glossary
12: Summing Up
13: Annex 1
14: References

Raymond J. C. Cannon

Raymond J. C. Cannon is formerly of the Food and Environment Research Agency, UK.

behavioral ecology