Territorial behavior of <i>Bootettix argentatus</i> Bruner (Orthoptera: Acrididae)

TitleTerritorial behavior of Bootettix argentatus Bruner (Orthoptera: Acrididae)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1979
AuthorsSchowalter T.D, Whitford WG
JournalThe American Midland Naturalist
Date Published1979
Call Number00293
Keywordsarticle, 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.