The Miller Lab: Investigating sexual selection and color plasticity in the tropical heliconia bug

Published: July 23rd, 2013

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Here, two males are engaged in an escalated competition where they back up and wrap their legs around each other, wrestling to achieve a territory on a cactus plant.

Here, two males are engaged in an escalated competition where they back up and wrap their legs around each other, wrestling to achieve a territory on a cactus plant.

The Miller Lab studies behavior, ecology, and evolution in a variety of insects including the leaf-footed cactus bug, Narnia femorata. The Miller Lab is also investigating sexual selection and color plasticity in the tropical heliconia bug, Leptoscelis tricolor. Work is conducted at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and La Selva in Costa Rica.

 

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