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Pre- and post-oviposition behavioural strategies to protect eggs against extreme winter cold in an insect with maternal careuse asterix (*) to get italics
Jean-Claude Tourneur, Claire Cole, Jess Vickruck, Simon Dupont, Joel MeunierPlease use the format "First name initials family name" as in "Marie S. Curie, Niels H. D. Bohr, Albert Einstein, John R. R. Tolkien, Donna T. Strickland"
<p style="text-align: justify;">Depositing eggs in an area with adequate temperature is often crucial for mothers and their offspring, as the eggs are immobile and therefore cannot avoid exposure to sub-optimal temperatures. However, the importance of temperature on oviposition site selection is less clear when mothers can avoid these potential adverse effects by both moving their eggs after oviposition and providing other forms of egg care. In this study, we addressed this question in the European earwig, an insect in which mothers care for the eggs during several months in winter, frequently moving them during this period. We set up 60 females from two random natural populations (as this species often exhibits population-specific life-history traits and behaviours) under controlled thermal gradients, and recorded the temperature at which they built their nests, tested whether they moved their eggs after an experimental temperature change, and measured the effects on egg development and hatching rate. Our results demonstrate that females indeed select oviposition sites according to temperature, and can move their eggs to reach warmer temperatures. We also show that these warmer temperatures are necessary to ensure egg hatching. Although this set of behavioural thermoregulations is present in the two tested populations, we found a population-specific modality of expression. These included the range of temperatures explored before oviposition, temperature selected at oviposition and dynamics of egg transport following a temperature change. Overall, our study sheds light on a new post-oviposition strategy in female insects that overwinter with their eggs for coping with temperature changes. More generally, it also reveals that egg care and/or egg transport do not prevent behavioural thermoregulation via oviposition site selection and highlights the diversity of behaviours that insects can adopt to enhance their tolerance to global climate change.</p> should fill this box only if you chose 'All or part of the results presented in this preprint are based on data'. URL must start with http:// or https:// should fill this box only if you chose 'Scripts were used to obtain or analyze the results'. URL must start with http:// or https:// should fill this box only if you chose 'Codes have been used in this study'. URL must start with http:// or https://
Dermaptera, Egg brooding, Overwinter, Parental care, Thermal preferences
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Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, Insecta, Invertebrates, Life histories
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Thomas Guilllemaude.g. John Doe []
2021-11-24 16:43:06
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