Predominant female care in the beetle Lethrus apterus with supposedly biparental care

A. Kosztolányi, Nikoletta Nagy, Tibor Kovács, Z. Barta

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Abstract

Although intensive care for offspring by both parents is rare in arthropods, it occurs in some species including the beetle Lethrus apterus. According to previous publications, in this species the male collects leaves, which are used by the female to form balls in the underground nest burrow. These balls serve as food for the hatched offspring. Most knowledge about the behavior of this species is based on information collected more than a century ago. Therefore, we investigated above-ground breeding behavior and the status of nest burrows of this beetle in its natural habitat in Hungary. Our results suggest that contrary to previously documented cases, above-ground parental care, i.e. the collection of leaves, is done predominantly not by the males but the females. Further research is needed to understand the role of the sexes in parental care in this species and to explain the discrepancy between the previously documented cases and the results we report here.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-294
Number of pages3
JournalEntomological Science
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2015

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Keywords

  • Coleoptera
  • Geotrupidae
  • Parental roles
  • Role specialization

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science

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Predominant female care in the beetle Lethrus apterus with supposedly biparental care. / Kosztolányi, A.; Nagy, Nikoletta; Kovács, Tibor; Barta, Z.

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