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Behavioural Variation Among Scolytids in Relation to Their Habitat

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 May 2012

M. D. Atkins
Department of Forestry of Canada, Forest Research Laboratory, Victoria, British Columbia


Most scolytids occupy temporary habitats. Migration, therefore, forms an important part of adult behaviour. Since the extent of migratory movement is positively correlated with the degree of impermanence of the species’ habitat, differences in the behaviour associated with migration must be expected to occur between species. Furthermore, the behaviour of individuals must change in relation to changes in physiology associated with migration and reproduction. These changes have been demonstrated in laboratory studies, and the results suggest that the phenomenon of secondary attraction observed among scolytids may have evolved in conjunction with their utilization of transitory habitats.

Copyright © Entomological Society of Canada 1966

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