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Male Contribution to Egg Production in Butterflies: Evidence for Transfer of Nutrients at Mating

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Science  05 Oct 1979:
Vol. 206, Issue 4414, pp. 83-84
DOI: 10.1126/science.206.4414.83

Abstract

Radiotracer studies on three butterfly species showed that nutrients contributed by males through mating are used by females for egg production and possibly for somatic maintenance.