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Importance of diapause aggregations for the reproduction of ladybird hippodamia undecimnotata (Schneider) : (Coleoptera Coccinellidae)

Abstract : The evolutionary significance of some kinds of group living are well-known, some others such as the diapause aggregations remain poorly known although widespread. In this thesis, I tested if the arthropods form diapause aggregations to find their mates according to the hidden lek hypothesis with the ladybird Hippodamia undecimnotata. By using a Species Distribution Model, I showed that ladybirds aggregate in places with a prominent object and where the risk of being sprayed by pesticides is low. Then, I highlighted that abiotic conditions are unfavourable to ladybirds' survival. In a third part, I found that mating is widespread activity in the aggregation sites. Finally, I showed that energetic costs linked to mating are low, and thus allow the ladybirds to disperse and display post aggregations behaviour. This thesis shows that the diapause aggregations are part of the mating system of the arthropods and that sexual selection can be a driver of the evolution of diapause aggregations.
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Eline Susset. Importance of diapause aggregations for the reproduction of ladybird hippodamia undecimnotata (Schneider) : (Coleoptera Coccinellidae). Populations and Evolution [q-bio.PE]. Université Paul Sabatier - Toulouse III, 2016. English. ⟨NNT : 2016TOU30146⟩. ⟨tel-01537122⟩

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