Sex Pheromone in the Springtail, Sinella curviseta

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Females of Sinella curviseta (Collembola: Entomobryidae) were shown to produce 2 stimuli that increase the deposition of stalked spermatophores by males. One stimulus, the instar stimulus, is associated only with females in reproductive instars. The second, the position stimulus, increases spermatophore deposition in the brief interval preceding and coinciding with the female's receptive period within the reproductive instar. Further investigation determined that the position stimulus is a volatile pheromone.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1974

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  • Environmental Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes reports on the interaction of insects with the biological, chemical, and physical aspects of their environment and is divided into the following sections: physiological ecology; chemical ecology; population ecology; quantitative ecology; community and ecosystem ecology; biological control--parasitoids and predators; biological control--microbials; biological control--weeds; behavior; pest management; sampling; plant-insect interactions; molecular ecology and evolution; transgenic plants and insects. In addition to research papers, Environmental Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, and Book Reviews.
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