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Chemosterilization and Mating Behavior of Male House Flies

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Male and female house flies, Musca domestica L., reached sexual maturity in 20 and 40 hr, respectively, after emergence. From a single batch of pupae, matings occurred during the first 24 hr after emergence. The average time flies remained in coitu was 56 min, with a range of 34–93 min, and a standard deviation of 12 min. Insemination began as soon as copulation was physically established. Male flies, handicapped by removal of a wing or a leg, successfully mated with females. One microgram of tepa injected into male flies reached 50% sterilizing effectiveness in 23 min and full effectiveness in about 3½ hr. Male flies remain sterile for about 1 week. Partial restoration of male fertility occurred thereafter. Tepa was equally effective in sterilizing males of different ages.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1965

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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