Reproduction in Risky Environments: the Role of Invasive Egg Predators in Ladybird Laying Strategies (dataset)
Paul, Sarah Catherine
Pell, Judith K.
Blount, Jonathan D.
University of Exeter
Data used to assess reproductive investment, including egg toxin level, of the chemically defended two-spot ladybird, Adalia bipunctata, under conditions that varied in the degree of simulated offspring predation risk from larval harlequin ladybirds, Harmonia axyridis. Results published in open access paper in PLOS one and provide the first demonstration that the risk of offspring predation by a novel invasive predator can influence maternal investment in toxins within their offspring.