Non-adaptive host-use specificity in tropical armored scale insects

Nate B. Hardy, Daniel Peterson, Geoffrey Morse, Takao Itioka, Jiufeng Wei & Benjamin Normark
Most herbivorous insects are diet specialists in spite of the apparent advantages of being a generalist. This conundrum might be explained by fitness trade-offs on alternative host plants, yet evidence of such trade-offs has been elusive. Another hypothesis is that specialization is non-adaptive, evolving through neutral population genetic processes and within the bounds of historical constraints. Here we report on a striking lack of evidence for the adaptiveness of specificity in tropical canopy communities of...
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