Reproductive Strategies in Insects


Reproductive Strategies in Insects

Reproductive Strategies In Insects

By Omkar, Geetanjali Mishra

Reproductive Strategies in Insects PDF. Reproduction is one of the most inherent tasks that all living organisms are actively involved in. It forms the backbone of their existence with all evolutionary energies directed over billion years of creation into maximizing reproductive effort. For so simple and directed a need such as maximizing reproduction, it is interesting to see how much diversity and complexity exists in this task. Each organism despite having the same end goal employs different strategies. The complexities, intricacies and strategies of successful reproduction while being extremely fascinating are equally befuddling.

Reproductive Strategies in Insects provides an expansive critical look at the reproductive strategies of the most diverse group of animals, the insects. Insects which inhabit myriad niches in all ecosystems except the oceans, show the most diverse reproductive strategies ranging from simplest to most complex. Reproductive strategies, viz., search for mates, number of mates, display of mate quality, assessment of mate quality, acceptance of mate, rejection of mates, forced copulations, the fight for paternity pre, during and post copula, the modulation of paternity, ovipositional strategies and parental care are described in detail in this book. Also, each strategy in analyzed in relation to its morphological, physiological, ethological, ecological and evolutionary aspects.


  • Covers a wide variety of reproductive strategies,
  • A detailed step by step description of reproductive strategies.
  • Discusses morphological, physiological, ethological, ecological and evolutionary aspects.
  • Modulation of these strategies and responsible modulatory factors are also discussed.
  • Well-illustrated.
  • Recent research results and probable future research directions.

This is a niche reference book for ethologists, biologists studying behavioural evolution and entomologists. It may also be used as a textbook for a graduate level course in behaviour.

Table of Contents
  1. Modes of Reproduction
  2. Sexual Reproduction
  3. Parthenogenesis
  4. Mating Systems
  5. Shriza Rai, Omkar and Geetanjali Mishra
  6. Copulatory organs
  7. Courtship
  8. Precopulatory sexual selection
  9. Postcopulatory sexual selection
  10. Sexual Coercion
  11. Sperm Competition
  12. Cryptic Female Choice
  13. Semiochemicals
  14. Reproductive strategies in Aphids
  15. Reproductive strategies in Parasitoids
  16. Oviposition strategies
  17. Trophic Eggs
  18. Parental Care

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