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Adult insect personality in the wild -- Calopteryx splendens as a model for field studies
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  • Maria Gołąb,
  • Szymon Sniegula,
  • Andrzej Antoł,
  • Tomas Brodin
Maria Gołąb
Institute of Nature Conservation PAS
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Szymon Sniegula
Institute of Nature Conservation PAS
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Andrzej Antoł
Institute of Nature Conservation PAS
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Tomas Brodin
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences - Umea Campus
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Abstract

Animal personality has received increasing interest and acknowledgement within ecological research over the past two decades. However, some areas are still poorly studied and need to be developed. For instance, field studies focused on invertebrates are currently highly underrepresented in the literature. More studies including a wider variety of traits measured and species tested is needed to improve our understanding of trait-correlation patterns and generalities. We studied nine behavioural traits, in the damselfly Calopteryx splendens, from an array of three experiments: (i) courtship, (ii) aggressiveness and (iii) boldness, and calculated their repeatability. The behaviours were measured twice, in two different contexts: (i) undisturbed territory and (ii) partially deteriorated territory. All behavioural traits measured, except for two, were repeatable across the two contexts. This work demonstrates, for the first time, the presence of within population personality differences in an adult damselfly in the wild. We further propose Calopteryx splendens as a promising model species for testing personality in the wild under highly controlled environmental conditions.

Peer review status:IN REVISION

15 Jul 2021Submitted to Ecology and Evolution
15 Jul 2021Assigned to Editor
15 Jul 2021Submission Checks Completed
26 Jul 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
18 Sep 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
22 Sep 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Minor