Effect of density and extra dung on brood parasitism in the dung beetle, Onthophagus Taurus
Kleptoparasitism has not been well documented in insects and intraspecific brood parasitism is even less well known. This study examines the effect of extra resources and density on the probability of kleptoparasitism in the bull headed dung beetle Onthophagus taurus. A high level (>60 %) of kleptoparasitism was found across all treatments and suggest that although density may not affect the probability to kleptoparasitize, it may influence brood ball production. This study also documents for the first time that male O. taurus kleptoparasitize.
Dung beetles, Kleptoparasitism, Brood parasitism
Crowe, M., Raspet, E., Rychtar, J., & Gupta, S. (2013). Effect of density and extra dung on brood parasitism in the dung beetle, Onthophagus Taurus. Journal of Insect Behavior, 26(2), 253-259. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10905-012-9367-z