Jerry A. Powell and Paul A. Opler

in Moths of Western North America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780520251977
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943773 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses several factors in the climatic and biotic environment that influence the survival of Lepidoptera populations, and examines adult behavior such as feeding, mating, and female eclosion. It then describes the climatic conditions suitable for larval and pupal development, and identifies the nutritional requirements of caterpillars. Finally, the chapter describes diapause, an important adaptation that controls the life-cycle pattern and enables Lepidoptera populations to survive during winter and dry season.

Keywords: survival; Lepidoptera; feeding; mating; female eclosion; larval development; pupal development; nutritional requirements; diapause

Chapter.  2138 words. 

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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