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The mechanism by which the parasitoid wasp Trichogramma minutum responds to host clusters



The mechanism by which the parasitoid wasp Trichogramma minutum responds to host clusters



Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 39.3: 287-294



Optimal strategies for utilizing a resource require the ability to assess the quantity available. To allocate its progeny appropriately, the parasitic wasp Trichogramma minutum must respond not only to the size but also to the number of its insect egg hosts which are locally available. By allowing the wasps to oviposit into different clustered arrangements of hosts, it was shown that progeny allocation per host depends on the host number and position of contacting neighbours.

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1570-7458.1985.tb00472.x


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