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Levels of Quantitative Investigation of Tephritid Fly Foraging Behavior

  • R. J. Prokopy
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To comprehend thoroughly the foraging behavior of a fruit fly or any animal is a daunting challenge. For more than two decades, behavioral ecologists have been examining, often in considerable depth, how individuals of a variety of animals adjust foraging activities in response to the characteristics and distribution of one or another essential type of resource such as food, water, or breeding sites. Often, considerable progress has been made teasing apart proximate factors that shape movement patterns of individuals in search of a resource during a limited time period. It has proven to be much more difficult to understand just how the pattern of observed foraging behavior might enhance accumulated lifetime fitness (expected number of progeny).


Host Tree Oviposition Site High Quality Food Host Fruit Quantitative Fashion 
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