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Why female moths are big and beautiful
Date:3/11/2010

ars pupate, they are larger, making for larger moths when they emerge.

So where is the advantage in being larger if you're a female insect?

"Biologists think selection favors large females because they can produce more offspring," Stillwell said.

"Another exciting result of this study is that we found a lot more variation in the physiological makeup of the female caterpillars compared to male individuals. Therefore, over generations, the females are able to respond to selective pressures nudging them toward large body size much faster than the males."


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Contact: Daniel Stolte
stolte@email.arizona.edu
520-626-4402
University of Arizona
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