Variation in immune response and reproductive success in the Glanville frittilary butterfly



Larvae sampled from the wild were reared under standard and food limited conditions, to induce variation in quality among individuals. Foraging activity was tested on 4-day-old 7th instar larvae by releasing them into artificial arenas with food at one end. Pupal encapsulation rate was be measured. Adults were released in a population enclosure (26 x 30m) at the Lammi Biological station. In this set up information on lifetime reproductive success of individuals under semi-natural conditions can be assessed. More specifically, individual data on frequency of matings and ovipositions (i.e. clutch size, oviposition interval and lifetime egg production), lifespan, and survival rate were obtained.
The data will be analyzed comparing the reproductive success and the immune response with the population of origin.
Gällande start-/slutdatum23/04/2014 → …