Genetic and environmental sources of egg size, fecundity and body size in the migrant skipper, Parnara guttata guttata (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae)

Tomokazu Seko, Takahisa Miyatake, Shinsuke Fujioka, Fusao Nakasuji

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Genetic and environmental sources of egg size, fecundity and body size (forewing length) were examined in the butterfly, Parnara guttata guttata. Phenotypic and genetic correlation and heritability were estimated for these traits under different day-length and temperature conditions. Egg size and fecundity had relatively high heritabilities, and body sizes in males and females had moderate and high heritability, respectively. Negative phenotypic and genetic correlations between egg size and fecundity were estimated in treatments corresponding to the natural conditions during larval development of the first and second generations. Phenotypic and genetic correlations between body size and egg size differed considerably between insects reared under long and short day-lengths. Next, genotype-environment interactions were estimated by comparing reaction norms to day-length or temperature of these traits among families. ANOVA analysis revealed significant genotype-environment interactions in egg size and forewing length in both sexes for day-length and temperature. These results suggested that a large additive genetic variance for egg size might have been maintained by a genetic trade-off and/or by genotype-environment interactions in P. g. guttata.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-232
Number of pages8
JournalPopulation Ecology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006



  • Egg size plasticity
  • Genetic trade-off
  • Genetic variation
  • Genotype-environment interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology

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