We apply concepts from the innovation literature to observations of insect resource use and diversification. In doing so, we argue that the process that leads to innovation is key to understanding the evolutionary consequences of innovation. We review examples from insect learning, resource search, and phylogenetic patterns of host use to formulate some generalizations about innovative behavior and diversification. For instance, while search processes are likely to lead to innovations, they are also costly, suggesting there may be evolutionary cycles of generalists colonizing new environments and diversifying into specialists. In addition, patterns of diversification triggered by behavioral innovations may leave a phylogenetic signature in the form of similar resource distribution for a given resource shift. Overall, we suggest that the insect behavior literature is relevant for studies of innovation, and vice versa.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Animal Creativity and Innovation|
|Number of pages||22|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2015|
- Host plant
- Resource use