Frequency of Mating in Females of the Olive Fruit Fly1 Under Laboratory Conditions2

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Females of the olive fruit fly, Dacus oleae (Gmelin), have been reported to be polygamous under laboratory conditions. However, the authors found that they mated rather infrequently. Most females reared on artificial larval diets mated twice, considerably fewer mated once, and even fewer 3 times. After mating, a female would not accept a male again for many days. The 1st inter-mating period was reduced by shortening the length of the 1st coitus. It was affected also by the adult female's diet before the 1st mating. There were indications it was affected also by the male's previous sexual activity. The data suggest that a substance (s) contained in the semen and transferred to the female during coitus makes the female unreceptive to further mating for a few days or weeks.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1968

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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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