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Specialization and accuracy of host-searching butterflies in complex and simple environments

Author:
Steck, Meredith K, Snell-Rood, Emilie C
Source:
Behavioral ecology 2018 v.29 no.2 pp. 486-495
ISSN:
1465-7279
Subject:
animals, butterflies, decision making
Abstract:
When animals search for resources, they often make more accurate decisions when they specialize on a subset of available resources. This strategy might be particularly useful in complex environments where there is an overwhelming amount of information to process. In our population of butterflies, although certain specialized individuals (those that visited a resource that was easy to find) were more accurate than individuals that visited all available resources, other specialized individuals were not associated with accurate decision-making. Furthermore, butterflies searching for resources in complex environments did not adopt a more specialized search strategy than butterflies in simple environments.
Agid:
6244184