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

Hardcover | November 12, 2008

EditorWilliam E. Conner

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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 oftenmimic 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, weavetogether 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, andmore.

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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 oftenmimic butterflies, wasps, bees, stinkbugs, ...

William E. Conner has studied animal behavior and insect biology for more than thirty years. Conner is professor of biology at Wake Forest University, and received his PhD at Cornell. His studies of pheromonal and acoustic communication between the sexes and high-frequency sound communication between bats and moths have taken him from...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:November 12, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ForewordPreface and AcknowledgmentsList of Contributions1. William E. Conner: Uthetheisa ornatrix, the Ornate Arctiid2. Susan J. Weller, Michelle DaCosta, Rebecca Simmons, Katarina Dittmar, and Michael Whiting: Evolution and Taxonomic Confusion in Arctiidae3. David l. Wagner: The Immature Stages: Structure, Function, Behavior, and Ecology4. Thomas Hartmann: Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids: The Successful Adoption of a Plant Chemical Defense5. M. Deane Bowers: Chemical Defense in Woolly Bears: Sequestration and Efficacy against Predators and Parasitoids6. Michael S. Singer and Elizabeth Bernays: Specialized Generalists: Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology of Polyphagous Woolly Bear Caterpillars7. Rebecca Simmons: Adaptive Coloration and Mimicry8. Ring T. Carde and Jocelyn G. Millar: The Scent of a Female: Sex Pheromones of Female Tiger Moths9. Stefan Schulz: Alkaloid Derived Male Courtship Pheromones10. William E. Conner and Alex T. Jordan: From Armaments to Ornaments: The Relationship between Chemical Defense and Sex in Tiger Moths11. William E. Conner and Raeleen Wilson: Caterpillar Talk12. William E. Conner, Nickolay I. Hristov and, Jesse R. Barber: Sound Strategies: Acoustic Aposematism, Startle, and Sonar Jamming13. Mark V. Sanderford: Acoustic Courtship in the Arctiidae14. Lazaro Roque-Albelo, Sarah E. Garrett, and William E. Conner: Darwin's Moth: Utetheisa in the Galapagos Islands15. Gunnar Brehm: Patterns of Arctiid Diversity16. Raymond B. Nagle and David L. Wagner: Sample Species Illustrating Diversity within the ArctiidaeGlossaryBibliography