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  • This dataset contains information on life history, wing morphological and reproductive traits of Pararge aegeria (L.). The data was collected from an eco-evolutionary study examining how male and female Pararge aegeria from woodland and agricultural landscape populations were affected by development on drought stressed host plants. The data of life history cover total development time and sex of the studied species. The data of wing morphology include total development time, sex, wing loading, the mean of forewing melanin, the mean of forewing:aspect ratio, and the total wing area. The data of female reproductive output are mean egg size, longevity, number of days until first egg laid, fecundity, arcine square root of the percentage of eggs hatched and the percentage of eggs hatched. All the data have adult mass, population name, landscape type and treatments. Further information can be found in Gibbs, M., Van Dyck, H., & Breuker, C. J. (2011). Development on drought-stressed host plants affects life history, flight morphology and reproductive output relative to landscape structure. Evolutionary Applications, 5(1), 66-75. Full details about this nonGeographicDataset can be found at

  • This dataset contains maternal reproductive output data, embryonic development data and offspring performance data for the Speckled Wood butterfly, Pararge aegeria. The data were collected from a laboratory experiment testing the hypothesis that repeat periods of intensive flight during female oviposition affects egg provisioning and reduces offspring performance when larval development occurs on drought stressed host plants. The experiment involved stimulating female butterflies to fly for 5 minutes for 3 periods during oviposition; removing eggs from 5 different days during oviposition to be monitored for hatching; and removing a larva on day of hatching to be reared on a drought stressed host plant. For each larva, development time from hatching to pupation, pupal mass and survival to eclose as an adult was recorded. On eclosion, each offspring adult was sexed and the thorax weighed. The overall aim of this experimental work was to explore one of the potential mechanisms for the impact of drought and habitat fragmentation on biodiversity. Full details about this nonGeographicDataset can be found at