Gibbs, M.; Van Dyck, H.; Breuker, C.

Data on flight-induced maternal effects and offspring performance on drought stressed plants in the Speckled Wood butterfly, Pararge aegeria

This dataset contains maternal reproductive output data, embryonic development data and offspring performance data for the Speckled Wood butterfly, Pararge aegeria. The data were collected from a laboratory experiment testing the hypothesis that repeat periods of intensive flight during female oviposition affects egg provisioning and reduces offspring performance when larval development occurs on drought stressed host plants. The experiment involved stimulating female butterflies to fly for 5 minutes for 3 periods during oviposition; removing eggs from 5 different days during oviposition to be monitored for hatching; and removing a larva on day of hatching to be reared on a drought stressed host plant. For each larva, development time from hatching to pupation, pupal mass and survival to eclose as an adult was recorded. On eclosion, each offspring adult was sexed and the thorax weighed. The overall aim of this experimental work was to explore one of the potential mechanisms for the impact of drought and habitat fragmentation on biodiversity.

Publication date: 2016-11-16

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Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

This dataset is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

You must cite: Gibbs, M.; Van Dyck, H.; Breuker, C. (2016). Data on flight-induced maternal effects and offspring performance on drought stressed plants in the Speckled Wood butterfly, Pararge aegeria. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/82233733-237a-4fea-a5c1-88c734752279

 

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All data were collected under standardised laboratory conditions, using standard, published methods. Data were entered manually using quality assurance tools implemented in database software (input masks, input conditions) to assure coherence of data.

Correspondence/contact details

Melanie Gibbs
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford
Wallingford
Oxfordshire
OX10 8BB
United Kingdom
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Authors

Gibbs, M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Van Dyck, H.
Universite catholique de Louvain
Breuker, C.
Oxford Brookes University

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Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
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Tags

Topic categories
Biota
Keywords
Biodiversity butterfly,  drought,  habitat fragmentation,  Lepidoptera,  Pararge aegeria Speckled Wood