Comparative analysis of behavioural traits in insects

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JournalCurrent Opinion in Insect Science
DateAccepted/In press - 22 Feb 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 27 Feb 2018
DatePublished (current) - 1 Jun 2018
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)1-9
Early online date27/02/18
Original languageEnglish


Comparative studies of insect behaviour based on evolutionary trees are currently blossoming, because of the
increasing ease of phylogeny estimation, the availability of new trait data to analyse, and a vast and growing array of
statistical techniques for exploring data and testing hypotheses. These studies address not only the selective forces
and constraints on insect behaviour, which are the realm of traditional behavioral ecology, but also their ecological and
evolutionary consequences. Recent studies have significantly increased our understanding of foraging behaviour,
interspecific interactions, locomotion and dispersal, communication and signalling, mate choice and sexual selection,
parental care and the evolution of sociality. The curating of trait data remains a significant challenge to maximize the
future potential of insect comparative studies.

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