|Title||Territorial behavior of Bootettix argentatus Bruner (Orthoptera: Acrididae)|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1979|
|Authors||Schowalter T.D, Whitford WG|
|Journal||The American Midland Naturalist|
|Keywords||article, articles, behavior,grasshopper, grasshopper,behavior, grasshopper,Bootettix, journal, journals, Larrea,grasshopper|
At low male densities territorial behavior was observed in male creosotebush grasshoppers (Bootettix argentatus Bruner). Males defend individual shrubs or shrub complexes and exclude conspecific males. Experimental introduction of males into occupied shrubs resulted in a maximum of one male per shrub. Aggressive interactions between males occurred more frequently in shrubs also harboring females. A hypothesis relating behavior and density to host plant condition is discussed.