Title: Winter compensatory growth under field conditions partly offsets low energy reserves before winter in a damselfly
Authors: De Block, Marjan ×
McPeek, Mark A
Stoks, Robby #
Issue Date: Dec-2007
Publisher: Blackwell publishing
Series Title: Oikos vol:116 issue:12 pages:1975-1982
Abstract: Despite the survival value of high energy reserves during winter, animals often face energy deficits when entering winter. Compensatory growth in energy reserves during the winter period to buffer such deficits may increase winter survival and alleviate the need for costly compensatory mechanisms before or after winter when predation risk is much higher. However, such compensatory responses in energy reserves during winter have not been demonstrated under field conditions. We explored if Lestes eurinus damselfly larvae can compensate for suboptimal energy reserves during winter at 4 degrees C when their ponds are covered with ice. In a field enclosure experiment, we demonstrated compensatory growth in terms of body mass and energy reserves in larvae whose energy status was previously manipulated in the laboratory. These results were supported by patterns in body mass and energy reserves over winter in two natural unmanipulated populations. Winter survival was high overall and not affected by compensatory growth. We hypothesize that the observed compensatory growth in energy reserves during winter may shape life history decisions in autumn and spring, and may make resource availability during winter as or more important than energy reserves before winter.
ISSN: 0030-1299
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory for Aquatic Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (-)
Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation Section
× corresponding author
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