9. Life History Traits and Host Plant Use in Defoliators and Bark Beetles: Implications for Population Dynamics

  1. Pedro Barbosa3,
  2. Deborah K. Letourneau4 and
  3. Anurag A. Agrawal5,6
  1. Julia Koricheva1,
  2. Maartje J. Klapwijk2 and
  3. Christer Björkman2

Published Online: 29 JUN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118295205.ch9

Insect Outbreaks Revisited

Insect Outbreaks Revisited

How to Cite

Koricheva, J., Klapwijk, M. J. and Björkman, C. (2012) Life History Traits and Host Plant Use in Defoliators and Bark Beetles: Implications for Population Dynamics, in Insect Outbreaks Revisited (eds P. Barbosa, D. K. Letourneau and A. A. Agrawal), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118295205.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 USA

  2. 4

    Environmental Studies Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 USA

  3. 5

    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA

  4. 6

    Department of Entomology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, UK

  2. 2

    Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 750 07 Uppsala, Sweden

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 JUN 2012
  2. Published Print: 27 JUL 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444337594

Online ISBN: 9781118295205



  • population, community, and ecosystem ecology;
  • life history traits and host plant use, in defoliators and bark beetles;
  • life history traits, survival, reproduction, fitness of offspring;
  • phenotypic plasticity, and discrete phenotypes (morphs);
  • host plant characteristics, of herbivore population dynamics;
  • Macrolepidoptera, diprionid sawflies, bark beetles, population dynamics;
  • herbivore diet breadth on population dynamics;
  • poor female flying ability, and eruptive population dynamics;
  • outbreak species in Macrolepidoptera, convergence or parallelism


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Theoretical advances

  • Case study 1: Macrolepidoptera

  • Case study 2: Diprionid sawflies (Hymenoptera: Diprionidae)

  • Case study 3: Bark beetles (Curculionidae: Scolytinae)

  • Discussion and conclusions

  • Acknowledgments

  • Appendix: Literature used to collect information on life history traits of bark beetles

  • References