I have been going through literature on insect food choices. I plan to study the effect of prior experience on food choices in both adults and larvae of the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum. There are plenty of studies that focus on larval and adult experience having an effect on adult preference. I would like to look at how larval experience changes larval choice, but only if it has some ecological relevance. However, I could not find a single study that provides an ecological relevance to larvae making food choices.
This appears to be due to the fact that larvae are usually sessile, and since adult females are the ones making the oviposition choices, therefore most studies seem to assume that the choices of the larvae don't matter. (Preference Performance Hypothesis)
Larval food choice might be ecologically relevant under conditions where females make "mistakes" during oviposition, say if the environment is spatially/temporally fluctuating. But if they show limited dispersal (or slower dispersal than adults), then does their choice really matter?
Does anyone know of any examples (published or unpublished) where insect larval food choice is ecologically relevant? It would help me out a lot to design my study. Thanks in advance!